A Pilot Study of the Views of General Practitioners Regarding Exercise for the Treatment of Depression

Robert Stanton, Chris Franck, Peter Reaburn, Brenda Happell

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Purpose: To investigate the views of general practitioners (GPs) regarding exercise and the treatment of depression. Design and Methods: Twenty GPs completed a 25-item survey investigating their knowledge, beliefs, perceived benefits and barriers, and recommendations to patients regarding exercise for the treatment of depression. The exercise habits of the GPs were also recorded. Findings: GPs are positive toward exercise in the treatment of depression despite low levels of confidence in prescribing exercise or limited measurable benefits. Exercise patterns of GPs were not associated with GP exercise prescription habits. Practice Implications: Education, use of support materials and referral schemes, and increasing exercise behavior among GPs may increase the use of exercise as treatment for people with depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)253-259
Number of pages7
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


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