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Depression – Reduces social isolation

Reduces social isolation

Evidence summary

The consensus following the expert group in April was that group physical activity if preferred by the individual can reduce social isolation.   Meta-analyses of 5 RCTs comparing exercise to the usual care showed a non-statistically significant moderate effect on the social Quality of Life domain (SMD=0.28, 95% CI -0.13 to 0.71, p = 0.18)16.

Quality of evidence

Low quality

Strength of recommendation

Strong

Conclusion

There is limited evidence that physical activity improves social outcomes.  The expert group re-iterated that participation in group activities is only recommended if it is the individual’s choice.

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