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Effect of Group Exercise Program on Quality of Life in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder War Veterans
Mandani B. *1, Hosseini S.A.2, Saadat Abadi M.3, Farahbod M.3
1- , ghazal.mandani@gmail.com
2- Pediatric Neuro Rehabilitation Research Center, University of Welfare Sciences & Rehabilitation, Tehran, Iran
3- Special Education Department, Exceptional Children Research Center and Institute, Tehran, Iran
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Introduction:War veterans have different physical and mental problems due to exposure to variety of traumatic events and stressors and these problems effect their quality of life. One of the nonmedical treatment that can improve their quality of life is exercise and physical activities. Aim of the present study was to determine the effect of group exercise program on quality of life in war veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Method & Materials: In this single blinded, controlled trial, quality of life of a convenience sample size of war veterans with PTSD (n=30) in a hospital in Ahwaz city was measured in 2 equal groups. Treatment protocol consisted of group exercise program occurred 45 minutes a day, 2 days a week for 12 weeks. Measures were conducted pre, post and 3 months after the treatment period by 36-item Short Form Health Survey.

Result: Data analysis was indicative of significant difference in experimental group compared to control group in mental scale of quality of life (P=0.031), physical scale of quality of life (P=0.01) and total score (P=0.012).

Conclusion: Group exercise program can improve quality of life in war veterans with PTSD.

Keywords: Key words: Quality of life, war veterans, post-traumatic stress disorder, physical exercise
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Article Type: Original Research | Subject: Rehabilitation of Veterans or Handicapped
Received: 2014/12/10 | Accepted: 2015/02/24 | Published: 2015/05/27
* Corresponding Author Address: Occupational Therapy Department, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research Center, Jundishapour University of Medical Sciences, Golestan Boulevard, Ahvaz, Iran. Postal Code: 61357-33133
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Mandani B., Hosseini S.A., Saadat Abadi M., Farahbod M.. Effect of Group Exercise Program on Quality of Life in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder War Veterans. Iran J War Public Health. 2015; 7 (2) :91-98
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