Very brief interventions to increase physical activity: a systematic review of reviews

Laura Lamming, Dan Mason, Ed Wilson, Vijay Gc, Stephen Sutton, Wendy Hardeman

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Background: Physical activity (PA) interventions may be easier to integrate into routine primary care if they were very brief. We aim to assess what is understood about the characteristics and effectiveness of very brief interventions (VBIs). Methods: Electronic databases were searched for systematic reviews which included VBIs delivered face-to-face, preferably in a single session lasting no more than 10 minutes, in adult populations and which reported a PA outcome.
Findings: 5803 unique articles were found. 154 were retained for full text screening. Data extraction includes how reviews have defined VBIs as well as their content, duration and (cost-) effectiveness.
Discussion: Promising approaches to promoting PA for use in brief consultations will be presented. VBIs delivered in routine consultations could reach a substantial part of the adult population, significantly affecting public health. The results will inform a pilot trial of VBIs to be delivered in primary care health check
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-76
Number of pages1
JournalPsychology and Health
Issue numberSuppl 1
Early online date1 Aug 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event26th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society: “Resiliance and Health” - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 21 Aug 201225 Aug 2012
Conference number: 26


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