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Study will assess care homes exercise programme

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New research is to explore the effectiveness of a group exercise programme combined with staff training, for reducing depression in older people in residential and nursing homes.
The research has been commissioned by the National Institute of Health Research’s (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment programme.

Researchers at the Warwick Medical School Clinical Trial Unit and Queen Mary University of London will examine the effectiveness of a ‘whole home’ intervention in 77 homes across the country.

This comprises of twice weekly group exercise sessions delivered by a physiotherapist, combined with staff training in depression awareness.

The study will determine whether exercise reduced the overall number of people with depression in a care home and will also examine whether individual people who are already depressed respond to exercise. For more information, visit www.hta.ac.uk/1618
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