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Exercise schemes lead to small health improvements but impact is still unclear, claims study

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 19 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6589
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Exercise referral schemes lead to small improvements in patient health, but the size of these changes are not “clinically meaningful,” a study has claimed.1

A team of researchers measured health outcomes in patients before and after they took part in an exercise scheme, and found that while most of the outcomes showed statistically significant improvements, their impact was “unclear.”

However, they recommended that rather than ending these schemes, they should be overhauled to “maximise their potential,” as the benefits of exercise on health are known and the schemes already have considerable …

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