Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Print version ISSN 0021-2571
CERINO, Stefania; CIRULLI, Francesca; CHIAROTTI, Flavia and SERIPA, Stefano. Non conventional psychiatric rehabilitation in schizophrenia using therapeutic riding: the FISE multicentre Pindar project. Ann. Ist. Super. Sanità [online]. 2011, vol.47, n.4, pp. 409-414. ISSN 0021-2571. http://dx.doi.org/10.4415/ANN_11_04_13.
The FISE (Federazione Italiana Sport Equestri) Pindar is a multicentre research project aimed at testing the potential effects of therapeutic riding on schizophrenic patients. Twenty-four subjects with a diagnosis of schizophrenia were enrolled for a 1 year-treatment involving therapeutic riding sessions. All subjects were tested at the beginning and at the end of treatment with a series of validated test batteries (BPRS and 8 items-PANSS). The results discussed in this paper point out an improvement in negative symptoms, a constant disease remission in both early onset and chronic disease subjects, as well as a reduced rate of hospitalization.
Keywords : therapeutic riding; schizophrenia; metacognition; horse; psychiatric rehabilitation; animal-assisted therapies.