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The effects of exercise referral schemes in the United Kingdom in those with cardiovascular, mental health, and musculoskeletal disorders: A preliminary systematic review

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posted by WM Admin on 2018-08-03 14:50:25.118

This systematic review investigates the impact of exercise referral schemes in patients with cardiovascular, mental health, and musculoskeletal disorders (focused on populations within the United Kingdom). 

Thirteen studies were included, in which a variety of modes and types of exercise were used. The authors conclude from their analysis that "longer length schemes (20+ weeks) improved adherence to physical activity prescribed over the course of the scheme, and could support longer term exercise adherence upon completion, however additional research on larger samples should examine this further".

This is an open access article and can be read in free full text at: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-018-5868-9

Rowley, N., et al. (2018). The effects of exercise referral schemes in the United Kingdom in those with cardiovascular, mental health, and musculoskeletal disorders: A preliminary systematic. BMC Public Health, 18:949.