Sai­ling Away the Pain: Eva­lua­ting an Ad­ven­ture Sai­ling The­ra­py Pro­gram for Adults Li­ving in a Drug Re­ha­bi­li­ta­ti­on Cen­ter


Authors: Giannino Melotti, Chiara Borelli, Alessandra Gigli, Elisabetta Boffa, Andrea Ambrosani, Michele Maurizio D’Alessio


The stu­dy con­sists of a pi­lot stu­dy ai­med to the eva­lua­ti­on of a sai­ling the­ra­py pro­gram with drug users and mul­ti-dia­gno­sed pa­ti­ents. A need that prac­ti­tio­ners working in na­tu­re-ba­sed pro­grams in Ita­ly are iden­ti­fy­ing as ur­gent is the dif­fi­cul­ty in fin­ding ef­fec­ti­ve eva­lua­ti­on me­thods and tools. Alt­hough some va­li­da­ted tools spe­ci­fic for out­door pro­grams do exist, con­text spe­ci­fic tools are nee­ded. The wi­der par­ti­ci­pa­to­ry re­se­arch, of which this stu­dy is part and that is still in pro­gress, has the aim to coll­ect and/or crea­te a wide ran­ge of pos­si­ble eva­lua­ti­on tools and me­thods to be used by na­tu­re-ba­sed prac­ti­tio­ners or to ser­ve as an in­spi­ra­ti­on for them to crea­te their own​.In this stu­dy, a self-as­sess­ment ques­ti­on­n­aire for adult pa­ti­ents, li­ving in a drug re­ha­bi­li­ta­ti­on cen­ter and ex­pe­ri­en­cing a sai­ling the­ra­py week, was crea­ted start­ing from th­ree preexis­ting tools, which were ad­apt­ed to this spe­ci­fic con­text: the first re­sults are en­cou­ra­ging.

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