Source: BMJ, 2012, 344 (7850)
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Date of publication: March 2012
Publication type: Systematic review
In a nutshell: A systematic review of 15 randomised controlled trials. The trials involved the promotion of physical activity in sedentary adults, by phone or in person, with a minimum follow-up of 12 months. Three trials investigated exercise referrals. The researchers found that physical activity levels significantly increased after one year, but that there was insufficient evidence to recommend exercise referral schemes over advice or counselling interventions. More trials are needed to determine the effectiveness of exercise referral interventions.
Length of publication: 17 pages
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