The research project „ImPuls: Strong Psyche by Motivation and Exercise” is funded by the Innovation Fund of the Federal Joint Committee (G-BA) in the category of new forms of health care. In cooperation with the Eberhard Karl University of Tübingen as the consortium leader, the statutory health insurances AOK Baden-Württemberg and Techniker Krankenkasse, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the German Association for Health-Related Fitness and Sport Therapy, an evidence-based behavioural exercise therapy shall be implemented in the ambulatory primary care of patients with mental disorders.
The intervention is an exercise program, in which endurance-orientated sports activities are combined with courses consisting of volitional and motivational aspects. For this purpose, patients are getting divided into groups of six and guided by physiotherapists. The transfer of the learned behaviour into the everyday life shall be supervised und supported by the ImPuls-App, which has been specifically developed for this purpose. The exercise program addresses patients with depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, panic disorders and insomnias. The project intends to examine if this intervention leads to an improvement of the efficiency of medical care and a reduction of costs.
The research project started in September 2020 with a term of three and a half years.
The main contact for this project is Saskia Kropp.
- Eberhard Karl University of Tübingen (consortium leader)
- AOK Baden-Württemberg
- Techniker Krankenkasse
- Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
- German Association for Health-Related Fitness and Sport Therapy (DVGS)