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Physical activity as a treatment for depression: the TREAD randomised trial protocol

Baxter, H; Winder, R; Chalder, M; Wright, C; Sherlock, S; Haase, A; Wiles, NJ; ... Lewis, G; + view all (2010) Physical activity as a treatment for depression: the TREAD randomised trial protocol. Trials , 11 , Article 105. 10.1186/1745-6215-11-105. Green open access

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Abstract

Depression is one of the most common reasons for consulting a General Practitioner (GP) within the UK. Whilst antidepressants have been shown to be clinically effective, many patients and healthcare professionals would like to access other forms of treatment as an alternative or adjunct to drug therapy for depression. A recent systematic review presented some evidence that physical activity could offer one such option, although further investigation is needed to test its effectiveness within the context of the National Health Service.The aim of this paper is to describe the protocol for a randomised, controlled trial (RCT) designed to evaluate an intervention developed to increase physical activity as a treatment for depression within primary care.

Type: Article
Title: Physical activity as a treatment for depression: the TREAD randomised trial protocol
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-11-105
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-11-105
Language: English
Additional information: © 2010 Baxter et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. PMCID: PMC2993700
Keywords: Depression, Exercise, Humans, Research Design, Sample Size
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1396907
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