Can exercise treat depression?
From: The Cochrane Collaboration
- Rimer, J., Dwan, K., Lawlor, D.A., Greig, C.A., McMurdo, M., Morley, W., Mead, G.E., 1996. Exercise for depression, in: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
- 28 trials with 1,101 participants
- The paper is a systematic review / meta analysis of all relevant trials.
- This means that the data from all similar trials have been grouped to form an overall outcome.
- Trials comparing exercise with no treatment or a control intervention suggest a moderate clinical effect in favour of exercise.
- Data from the seven trials (373 participants) that provided long-term follow-up also found a small effect in favour of exercise.
- Exercise seems to improve depressive symptoms in people with a diagnosis of depression when compared with no treatment or a control intervention (i.e a waiting list).
- Yes (without confidence)