The Relationship Between Nature-Based Tourism and Autonomic Nervous System Function Among Older Adults
Version of Record online: 11 MAR 2014
© 2014 International Society of Travel Medicine
Journal of Travel Medicine
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 159–162, May/June 2014
How to Cite
Chang, L.-C. (2014), The Relationship Between Nature-Based Tourism and Autonomic Nervous System Function Among Older Adults. Journal of Travel Medicine, 21: 159–162. doi: 10.1111/jtm.12108
- Issue online: 15 APR 2014
- Version of Record online: 11 MAR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 19 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 7 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Received: 29 JUL 2013
- National Science Council in Taiwan. Grant Number: NSC 101-2410-H-180-001
Nature-based tourism has recently become a topic of interest in health research. This study was aimed at examining relationships among nature-based tourism, stress, and the function of the autonomic nervous system (ANS).
Three hundred and twenty-two older adults living in Taichung City, Taiwan, were selected as participants. Data were collected by a face-to-face survey that included measures of the frequency of participation in domestic and international nature-based tourism and the stress and ANS function of these participants. The data were analyzed using a path analysis.
The results demonstrated that the frequency of participation in domestic nature-based tourism directly contributed to ANS function and that it also indirectly contributed to ANS function through stress reduction.
Domestic nature-based tourism can directly and indirectly contribute to ANS function among older adults. Increasing the frequency of participation in domestic nature-based tourism should be considered a critical element of health programs for older adults.