TITLE

More GPs should use exercise to treat depression

PUB. DATE
April 2005
SOURCE
GP: General Practitioner;4/1/2005, p11
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article recommends exercise as a treatment for depression. Only 5 per cent of general practitioners (GPs) use exercise to treat mild to moderate depression, according to a report published this week by the Mental Health Foundation. The survey of 200 GPs found that, although 42 per cent of GPs had access to an exercise referral scheme, the vast majority did not regularly use it for treating patients with depression. More than half of the GPs surveyed agreed that antidepressants were over-prescribed. South Tyneside GP Professor Colin Bradshaw offers exercise therapy to all patients with depression and estimates that around 20 per cent take it up.
ACCESSION #
16830218

 

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