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Facilitated physical activity as a treatment for depressed adults: randomised controlled trial

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2758 (Published 06 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2758

Re: Facilitated physical activity as a treatment for depressed adults: randomised controlled trial

In response to Larkin and colleagues, who ask if the media coverage of the findings of this paper are supported by the trial, and to others concerned at the media interpretation of this work, we wish to clarify that the BMJ did not issue a press release for this paper. A press release was issued by the University of Bristol and is available on their website (http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2012/8529.html ). We have invited the University of Bristol to respond.

There was a short delay, however, in the BMJ posting the paper online after the embargo was lifted so journalists were unable to access the full paper immediately. We recognise that this may have inadvertently contributed to miscommunication of the study findings. While an email alert, sent to a closed list of those who have registered with the BMJ, may have been misleading, it included a direct link to the paper.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 June 2012
Domhnall MacAuley
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