Review of studies on the impact of climbing as a complementary form of depression treatment and their evaluation according to the QUADAS-2 tool
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Uniwersytet Medyczny w Lublinie, Zakład Medycyny Sportowej
Grzegorz Zieliński   

Zakład Medycyny Sportowej, Uniwersytet Medyczny w Lublinie
Submission date: 2020-02-21
Final revision date: 2020-06-09
Acceptance date: 2020-08-17
Online publication date: 2021-12-31
Publication date: 2021-12-31
Psychiatr Pol 2021;55(6):1341–1356
According to theWorld Health Organization (WHO), 4.3% of the global population exhibits symptoms of depression. In Poland, 1.5 million people suffer from this illness. Treatment of depression generates significant costs calculated in billions of zlotys. According to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Health Problems, depression is characterized by: reduced mood, reduced psychomotor drive, loss of interest (axial symptoms), as well as low self-esteem, pessimistic attitude, weakness of concentration, sleep disorders, and loss of appetite (additional symptoms). The aim of this research was to review and evaluate studies on the impact of sport climbing as a complementary form of treatment on reducing depressive symptoms. This is the first literature review undertaking a collective assessment of studies on this subject. The appropriate studies were selected in a three-stage process. PubMed, ResearchGate and Google Scholar databases were searched. Finally, 4 studies were qualified for the review and then assessed using the QUADAS-2 tool developed by Bristol Medical School: Population Health Sciences. Analysis of the research gives grounds to consider introducing an additional form of treatment for depression in the form of boulder climbing. The evaluation according to the QUADAS – 2 questionnaire indicates a low possibility of making mistakes in all assessed works.