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BACKGROUND Depression is a disabling, prevalent condition. Physical activity programs may assist depression management in older people, ameliorate co-morbid conditions and reduce the need for antidepressants. The UPLIFT pilot study assessed the feasibility of older depressed people attending a community-based progressive resistance training (PRT) program.(More)
To test the hypothesis that family caregivers to heart transplant recipients may experience higher than average levels of distress during the period post-transplant and explore the correlates of distress, 83 caregivers were interviewed 3 times during the first year post-transplant and evaluated on predisposing and psychosocial characteristics. Mean distress(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore doctors' perceptions of the acceptable limits to self-treatment and to identify barriers to doctors seeking appropriate healthcare. DESIGN Self-completion, postal survey using three hypothetical case vignettes. SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS 896 Australian doctors randomly selected from the Health Insurance Commission database and(More)
The present study examines sociodemographic characteristics, levels of psychological distress, and coping styles among HIV-seropositive (HIV+) gay men who either did or did not engage in sexual activity which placed others at risk for HIV infection. Risky sexual behavior was defined as engaging in insertive anal intercourse. Respondents were 156 HIV+ men(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to document the prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease among people with chronic mental illness. METHOD A cross-sectional survey was conducted of 234 outpatients attending a community mental health clinic in the North-western Health Care Network in Melbourne, Australia. Prevalence of smoking,(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to document the prevalence of risk factors for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C among people with chronic mental illness treated in a community setting. METHOD 234 patients attending four community mental health clinics in the North-western Health Care Network in Melbourne, Australia, completed an interviewer-administered(More)
BACKGROUND Subthreshold depression is prevalent in primary care and is associated with poorer quality of life, higher health care use and increased risk of major depressive disorder (MDD). Currently, it is unclear how subthreshold depression should be managed in primary care and no studies have investigated the relationship between current models of care(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the attitudes and practices of case managers working in Area Mental Health Services (AMHS) towards the physical health of people with chronic mental illness. METHOD Case managers at four AMHS in Melbourne participated in focus groups and completed a survey questionnaire. RESULTS Case managers generally believed that mental illness,(More)