Table 96Summary of study characteristics for exercise versus low-intensity exercise and other treatments

Exercise versus low intensity exerciseExercise versus other therapies
Full depression diagnosisFull depression diagnosisDiagnosis based on BDI score =>12
No. trials (No. participants)1 RCT (24)1 RCT (74)1 RCT (47)
Study IDBOSSCHER1993KLEIN1985McCANN 1984
DiagnosisMajor or minor depressionMajor or minor depressionBDI score =>12
Mean age3430Not given but all undergraduates
Exercise interventionRunningRunningAerobics
ComparatorLow-intensity exerciseMeditationRelaxation
Baseline depression scoresNot given on usable scaleSCL-D 2.39 (0.47)BDI 15.35
Length of treatment8 weeks*12 weeks*10 weeks*
Length of follow-upNo follow-up9 monthsNo follow-up
Problems with trials
  1. poor external validity as student sample

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