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Exercise Effective for Depression in Older Patients



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Am Fam Physician. 2013 Dec 15;88(12):online.

Clinical Question

Is an exercise program effective in older patients with depressive symptoms?

Bottom Line

An organized exercise program for older patients, which may include strength training, endurance training, or both, may be helpful for some patients with symptoms of depression. The results will not be striking, but exercise is an option for patients willing to participate. (Level of Evidence = 1a)

Synopsis

The authors searched many databases, including the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and reference lists of relevant articles for unpublished and published randomized controlled trials of exercise programs in

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