Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-017-0588-z
Title: Effects of horticultural therapy on elderly' health: Protocol of a randomized controlled trial
Authors: Chan H.Y. 
Ho R.C.-M. 
Mahendran R. 
Ng K.S. 
Tam W.W.-S. 
Rawtaer I. 
Tan C.H. 
Larbi A. 
Feng L. 
Sia A.
Ng M.K.-W.
Gan G.L. 
Kua E.H.
Keywords: adult
aged
aging
anxiety
cognition
controlled study
female
gardening
horticultural therapy
human
life satisfaction
major clinical study
male
mass screening
neuropsychological test
outcome assessment
psychological well-being
randomized controlled trial
registration
self report
symptomatology
Asian continental ancestry group
health status
mental health
methodology
Singapore
Aged
Asian Continental Ancestry Group
Cognition
Female
Health Status
Horticultural Therapy
Humans
Male
Mental Health
Research Design
Singapore
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd.
Citation: Chan H.Y., Ho R.C.-M., Mahendran R., Ng K.S., Tam W.W.-S., Rawtaer I., Tan C.H., Larbi A., Feng L., Sia A., Ng M.K.-W., Gan G.L., Kua E.H. (2017). Effects of horticultural therapy on elderly' health: Protocol of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Geriatrics 17 (1) : 192. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12877-017-0588-z
Abstract: Background: Due to a rapidly ageing population in the world, it is increasingly pertinent to promote successful ageing strategies which are cost-effective, easily accessible, and more likely to be acceptable to the elderly. Past research associates exposure to natural environments and horticultural therapy (HT) with positive psychological, social and physical health benefits. This Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) is designed to evaluate the efficacy of HT in promoting Asian elderly' mental health, cognitive functioning and physical health. Methods/design: 70 elderly participants aged 60 to 85 years old will be randomized to participate in either the active horticultural therapy group or be in the waitlist control. Sessions will be weekly for 12 weeks, and monthly for 3 months. Mental health will be assessed through self-reports of depressive and anxiety symptomatology, life satisfaction, social connectedness and psychological well-being, collaborated with immunological markers. Outcome measures of cognitive functioning and physical health include neuropsychological tests of cognitive function and basic health screening. Outcomes will be assessed at baseline, 3 months and 6 months post-intervention. Discussion: This RCT comprehensively investigates the efficacy of a non-invasive intervention, HT, in enhancing mental health, cognitive functioning and physical health. The results have tremendous potential for supporting future successful ageing programs and applicability to larger populations. Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02495194. Trial registration date: July 13, 2015. Retrospectively registered. © 2017 The Author(s).
Source Title: BMC Geriatrics
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/173830
ISSN: 14712318
DOI: 10.1186/s12877-017-0588-z
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