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Republished research: Effect of exercise referral schemes in primary care on physical activity and improving health outcomes: systematic review and meta-analysis (Reprinted from BMJ vol 343, pg d6462, 2011)

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-526
Number of pages1
JournalBritish Journal of Sports Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - May 2013



question Can exercise referral schemes improve health outcomes in individuals with or without pre-existing conditions?

Summary answer

We found weak evidence of a short term increase in physical activity and reduction in levels of depression in sedentary individuals after participation in exercise referral schemes, compared with after usual care.

What is known and what this paper adds

Exercise referral schemes are commonly used in primary care to promote physical activity. Evidence indicating a health benefit of these schemes is limited, so their value in primary care remains to be ascertained.

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