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Mental Health and Mental Illness: Interventions to Reduce Depression Among Older Adults – Community-Based Exercise Interventions

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What the Task Force Found

About The Systematic Review

The Task Force finding is based on evidence from a systematic review of 9 studies (search period 1967 - October 2005). The review was conducted on behalf of the Task Force by a team of specialists in systematic review methods, and experts in research, practice, and policy from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine.

Context

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Summary of Results

Nine studies qualified for the review

  • Four studies reviewed found that exercise interventions were associated with improved scores on depression symptom scales for intervention group participants compared to participants in control conditions.
  • None of the studies reported results for depressed subjects, so the clinical significance of these improvements could not be determined.

 

Summary of Economic Evidence

An economic review of this intervention was not conducted because the Task Force did not have enough information to determine if the intervention works.

Applicability

Applicability of this intervention across different settings and populations was not assessed because the Task Force did not have enough information to determine if the intervention works.

Evidence Gaps

Not available because the Task Force finding is based on a previously published systematic review (Frederick et al., 2007). Please refer to the article for more information.

Study Characteristics

Not available because the Task Force finding is based on a previously published systematic review (Frederick et al., 2007). Please refer to the article for more information.

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