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A pilot study of the views of general practitioners regarding exercise for the treatment of depression

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Robert Stanton, C Franck, Peter Reaburn, Brenda Happell
PURPOSE: To investigate the views of general practitioners (GPs) regarding exercise and the treatment of depression. DESIGN AND METHODS: Twenty GPs completed a 25-item survey investigating their knowledge, beliefs, perceived benefits and barriers, and recommendations to patients regarding exercise for the treatment of depression. The exercise habits of the GPs were also recorded. FINDINGS: GPs are positive toward exercise in the treatment of depression despite low levels of confidence in prescribing exercise or limited measurable benefits. Exercise patterns of GPs were not associated with GP exercise prescription habits. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Education, use of support materials and referral schemes, and increasing exercise behavior among GPs may increase the use of exercise as treatment for people with depression.

Funding

Category 3 - Industry and Other Research Income

History

Volume

51

Issue

4

Start Page

253

End Page

259

Number of Pages

7

eISSN

1744-6163

ISSN

0031-5990

Location

United States

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Perspectives in psychiatric care.