Physical exercise in treatment of AUDs – a dropout study

Sengül Sari, Kirsten Kaya Roessler

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Background: The Healthy Lifestyle Study is one out of five alcohol research studies in the RESCueH research project. It is a randomized controlled study which aims to understand the effect of physical exercise on alcohol, fitness and wellness outcomes for outpatients in treatment of alcohol use disorders. Relapse rates in treatment of AUD ranges between 60 and 90 % in the first year after treatment. The Healthy Lifestyle Study offers physical exercise as add on treatment to better maintenance. However intervention studies with physical exercise can suffer from high dropout rates. To gain a better understanding of lived lives of dropouts from The Healthy Lifestyle Study, a qualitative interview study was conducted.
Objective: This interview study aims to gain better understanding of and more in depth knowledge about how alcohol patients experience, think and feel about physical exercise when they are in treatment for alcohol use disorders.
Methods: 15 semi structured interviews conducted with dropout patients from the Healthy Lifestyle Study. An interview guide with a phenomenological approach has been used. The interviews are taped and transcribed. Interpretative reading and systematic coding will be used as analytical tools.
Results: We are in the process of analyzing, why results will be presented at the conference.
Discussion: Patients drop out from intervention studies for several reasons. In this study we will categorize different types of reasons. Furthermore we will gain knowledge about how patients experience physical exercise when they are in treatment for alcohol use disorders.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date10. May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 10. May 2015
EventEuropean Association of Substance Abuse Research: Conference - Bangor University, Bangor, Wales., United Kingdom
Duration: 7. May 201510. May 2015
Conference number: 18


ConferenceEuropean Association of Substance Abuse Research
LocationBangor University
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBangor, Wales.

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