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Republished research: Effectiveness of physical activity promotion based in primary care: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials
  1. Gillian Orrow,
  2. Ann-Louise Kinmonth,
  3. Simon Sanderson,
  4. Stephen Sutton
  1. General Practice and Primary Care Research Unit, Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 0SR, UK
  1. Correspondence to: G Orrow; ghlo2{at}

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▸ This article is an abridged version of a paper that was published on Cite this article as: BMJ 2011;343:e1389


Study question Do trials of physical activity promotion based in primary care show sustained effects on physical activity or fitness in sedentary adults, and are exercise referral interventions more effective than other interventions?

Summary answer Trials of physical activity promotion based in primary care show positive effects on physical activity levels, but not on fitness, over at least 12 months; however, not enough evidence exists to indicate whether exercise referral is more effective than other primary care interventions.

What is known and what this paper adds Physical activity promotion in primary care, …

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