Surveys were sent to all nursing staff (n=550) at a West Texas hospital. A total of 158 nurses responded and 112 nurses met the criteria for inclusion (16 male, 96 female). The surveys analyzed health-related quality of life using the SF-36 and depression scores using the PHQ-9. Data regarding exercise frequency, intensity, time, and type were also gathered. Results of the survey were then analyzed using SPSS statistical software to search for a relation between exercise, depression, and health-related quality of life. After determining that age and gender did not have a significant effect in the study, it was found that exercise significantly increased health-related quality of life and reduced depression, especially in those who exercised four or more days per week, which falls in line with current guidelines.
Collins, Patrick B. MS, ACSM-HFS
"The Effects of Exercise on Depression and Quality of Life in Active and Sedentary Floor Nurses,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 2
, Article 56.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol2/iss5/56