Should practitioners promote physical activity as a treatment for depression?



Donaghy, Marie and Taylor, AH (2010) Should practitioners promote physical activity as a treatment for depression? Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 30 (2). pp. 132-135. ISSN 14782715

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Abstract

For many years, experts have been debating the pros and cons of exercise for depression. Proponents of exercise for depression point to those clinical trials which have shown that exercise improves mood, while sceptics point out the methodological problems in many of the apparently positive trials, and the uncertainties around the acceptability of exercise as a treatment for depression. Here two experts critically review the evidence around exercise for depression, provide arguments for and against the promotion of physical activity as a treatment for depression, explore issues around the generalisability of exercise as a treatment for depression and look to the future by discussing ongoing trials that will provide more evidence to inform this important debate. © 2010 Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2010 11:21
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:58
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1836

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