The effect of social support program combined with physical exercise on quality of life in Major Depressive Disorder patients
This study is a quasi-experimental pretest-posttest control groups research design. The objects were to compare :1) quality of life in Major Depressive Disorder patients (MDD) before and after received social support program combined with physical exercise, and 2) quality of life in Major Depressive Disorder patients who received social support program combined with physical exercise and those who received regular nursing care. The samples of 40 MDD patients that met the inclusion criteria were recruited patients who living in community, Muang district, Phetchaburi province. The samples were matched-pairs with age and duration of illness then randomly assigned into either experimental or control group, 20 subjects in each group. The experimental group received social support program combined with physical exercise, whereas the control group received the regular nursing care. The research instruments consisted of: 1) social support program combined with physical exercise developed by the researcher based on concept of exercise by Schuch et al.(2015) and concept of social support by House(1981) 2) The tools used for collecting data are the quality of life indicators of the World Health Organization, Thai version by Mahatniranakul,S.,et al.(1997) All instruments were tested for content validity by 5 experts. The reliability of the instruments were analyzed by finding Cronbach's alpha coefficient as of .89 and .90 respectively. Analyze general data using average values Standard deviation and t-test.
The conclusion of this research were as follows:
- The average score of quality life in Major Depressive Disorder patients after received social support programs combined with physical exercise were higher than before received with statistical significance at the level of .05
- The average score of quality of life in Major Depressive Disorder patients who received social support programs combined with physical exercise were higher than those who received regular care with statistical significance at the level of .05
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