- Article: Health benefits of outdoor therapies. Nursing Times; 107: online issue.
- Author: Stephen Riddell is community staff nurse, Dumfries and Galloway Primary Healthcare Trust.
- Poor physical and mental health is often related to modern lifestyles with a lack of exercise, poor diet, stress and isolation
- Outdoor activities can help people relax, reduce stress and instil a sense of wellbeing
- Exercising in a green space is more beneficial than forms that concentrate on exertion without considering the surroundings
- Promoting outdoor activity could save money through fewer medical interventions, prescription drugs and hospital admissions
- Do you agree outdoor activities should be a treatment option for some patients
Think about a patient you are caring for with a long-term condition:
- How would you explain the benefits of outdoor activities to them?
- What sort of activity would you encourage them to participate in?
- How could you evaluate whether the activity has had a positive impact on their health?
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