New study to help reduce weight in people with schizophrenia

Posted by uatemp13 at Jan 14, 2014 12:20 PM |
University and Leicester hospitals involved in designing weight intervention programme
New study to help reduce weight in people with schizophrenia

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University researchers are involved in a new project to investigate whether people with schizophrenia or first episode psychosis are able to reduce their weight through a structured education programme.

It is believed that weight gain may be an important factor that stops people from taking their antipsychotic medication. Evidence suggests that people with schizophenia are two to three times more likely to be overweight, and thus developing a programme for use by the NHS that will help in weight control is vital.

Through changing their diet and exercise habits, people with schizophrenia can decrease the risk of relapse and further mental health issues.

The project is led by Professor Richard Holt of the University of Southampton and involves researchers from the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

Our researchers have already designed the DESMOND programme, which focuses on self-management for people with Type 2 diabetes. This new study will be developed in a similar way and will start recruiting participants from participating NHS Trusts in October 2014.

The programme will consist of four weekly sessions with clinicians and follow-up sessions after three, six and nine months. All sessions will retain a focus on eating and exercise habits.