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Letters Exercise and depression

Study’s conclusion is misleading and ill considered

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 03 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4494
  1. Laura Donnelly, health correspondent1
  1. 1Sunday Telegraph, London SW1W 0DT, UK
  1. laura.donnelly{at}

The media have been criticised for the way this research was reported, but the study’s weaknesses undermine its conclusions.1

The only clear finding is that a particular advice programme failed to reduce depression. The study’s conclusion: “Clinicians and policy makers should alert people with depression that advice to increase physical activity will not increase their chances …

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