Exercise Reduces Depressive Symptoms in Patients with Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Conditions

Exercise Reduces Depressive Symptoms in Patients with Arthritis and Other Rheumatic Conditions
exerciseAccording to a recent study, exercise reduces depressive symptoms in patients with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions. Findings were published in the current issue of the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy. Arthritis is a major public health problem among adults in the United States (US), with estimates showing that arthritis affects 55.2 million adults.  A common mental health problem among adults with arthritis is depression, and there have been a few randomized controlled trials examining the effects of exercise in adults with AORCs. However, these studies have shown results with discrepancies. In the review entitled “Effects of exercise on depression in adults with arthritis: a systematic review with meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials,” George Kelley from the Department of Biostatistics, West Virginia University and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis in order to understand the discrepancies found in recent randomized controlled trials regarding the outcomes of physical exercise on depressive symptoms in adults with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions (AORC). The studies included in the review were all randomized controlled trials conducted between 1981 and 2014 that tested the effect of an intervention program involvi
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