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▸ This article is an abridged version of a paper that was published on bmj.com. Cite this article as: BMJ 2011;343:d6462
Study 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 …
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