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Exercise compared to mindfulness for physical and mental wellbeing in medical students

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Show simple item record Worobetz, Aubree O'Callaghan, M. Walsh, J. Casey, M. Hayes, P. Bengoechea, E.G. Woods, C. McGrath, D. Glynn, Liam G. 2022-04-08T16:44:25Z 2022-04-08T16:44:25Z 2022
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Physical Activity (PA) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) both have positive effects on medical student well-being. The ‘MED-WELL’ programme is a curricular intervention that combines PA and education on exercise as medicine. This trial evaluates whether there is a mean difference in outcomes of participants of an exercise intervention, the ‘MED-WELL’ programme, versus a control group which engages in a MBSR programme. Methods All second-year medical students were voluntarily allocated into the intervention or control group. Data on overall health and well-being, sleep quality, loneliness, current level of PA, and confidence in prescribing exercise as medicine was analysed from both groups at baseline and after eight weeks. Results Within groups the intervention and control groups showed statistically significant improvements in overall well-being (p=0.010, p=0.005 respectively) and in sleep quality (p<0.001, p=0.007 respectively). The intervention group had statistically significant improvements in levels of PA (p=0.003) and confidence in prescribing exercise (p<0.001). However, there were no statistically significant differences in changes in outcome measures between groups. Conclusion This study has shown that participants in an exercise intervention, the ‘MED-WELL’ programme, had similar improvements in overall wellbeing and sleep quality to those in a control group who participated in a MBSR programme of the same duration. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher IMO en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Irish Medical Journal;115(3), P560
dc.subject Mindfulness-Based en_US
dc.subject ‘MED-WELL’ en_US
dc.title Exercise compared to mindfulness for physical and mental wellbeing in medical students en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US

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