Depression, physical activity and mental health: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of general practitioners’ experiences of exercise referral schemes in the North West

Ward, Rachel Louise and Miller, Paul K. (2013) Depression, physical activity and mental health: an interpretative phenomenological analysis of general practitioners’ experiences of exercise referral schemes in the North West. Cumbria Partnership Journal of Research, Practice and Learning, 3 (1).

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Abstract

While there is compelling evidence which demonstrates that physical exercise can have beneficial impacts on mild-to-moderate cases of depression, and strong beneficial impacts on subthreshold depressive symptoms, rates of referral to exercise-based programmes in the UK remains low, particularly when compared to the use of other avenues of treatment. This paper reports findings from an interpretative phenomenological study of semi-structured interviews with a small sample (N=4) of General Practitioners in the North West, exploring their experience-based attitudes and assumptions pertaining to the status and value of formal exercise referral schemes.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Cumbria Partnership Journal of Research, Practice and Learning
Publisher: Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust
ISSN: 2046-0325
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Medical and Sports Sciences > Sports and Physical Activity > Sport
Depositing User: Paul Miller
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2013 07:33
Last Modified: 16 Mar 2017 23:17
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1447

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