A forest bathing intervention in adults with intellectual disabilities: a feasibility study protocol
Forest bathing
Intellectual disabilities
Feasibility study
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Bermejo-Martins, E. (Elena); Pueyo-Garrigues, M. (María); Casas-Jericó, M. (María); et al. "A forest bathing intervention in adults with intellectual disabilities: a feasibility study protocol". International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19 (20), 2022, 13589
Forest bathing practices benefit individuals' physical and mental health. A growing number of published studies provide evidence of such effects in diverse populations and contexts. However, no literature has been found that evaluates the effects of forest bathing on people with intellectual disabilities. In this paper, we present a quasi-experimental pre-post protocol for assessing the preliminary efficacy and feasibility of a forest bathing intervention in a group of adults with intellectual disability. An 11-weekly session program will be applied in the forests of the Ollo Valley, Navarre (Spain). The preliminary efficacy outcomes will be blood pressure, psycho-physiological coherence parameters and quality of life. The feasibility of the intervention will be assessed through data on barriers and facilitators of the implementation process and indicators of environmental comfort (physiological equivalent temperature and thermic perception). This study offers an opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities to benefit from a forest bathing intervention and explore its effects not only on their quality of life, but also on the improvement in their physiological and psychological state. This feasibility study is an essential step to explore crucial aspects for a future full-scale trial.

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