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Overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses investigating the effectiveness of behavioural physical activity interventions
Greece (HelMSIC) - University of Ioannina, Ioannina
Department of Hygiene & Epidemiology, Panepistimioupoli, Ioannina, 45110, Greece
Ioannis Dimoliatis, Professor of Hygiene & Epidemiology
Type of Research Project
- Clinical Project without Laboratory work
What is the background of the project?
Physical inactivity is a leading cause of death and disease. Epidemiological evidence shows a relationship between physical activity (PA) and reduced risks of coronary heart disease, Type II diabetes and some cancers, as well as increasing life expectancy (Kohl et al 2012, Lee et al 2012). Despite ample evidence showing links between PA and important health outcomes, many adults get too little PA. Further research is needed to determine whether PA interventions actually increase PA itself along with the intervention characteristics associated with the best outcomes. Aim: The aim of this project is to synthesize the evidence from systematic reviews and meta-analyses on the effectiveness of behavioural interventions to promote physical activity change in healthy adults. Techniques and Methods : Standard systematic review and meta-analysis methodology will be used based on published international guidelines.
What is the aim of the project?
What techniques and methods are used?
What is the role of the student?
- If the project includes “lab work”
- the student will take active part in the practical aspect of the project
What are the tasks expected to be accomplished by the student?
Assist in the Lab Work of the project
Will there be any theoretical teaching provided (preliminary readings, lectures, courses, seminars etc)
What is expected from the student at the end of the research exchange? What will be the general outcome of the student?
- The student will prepare a scientific report
What skills are required of the student? Is there any special knowledge or a certain level of studies needed?
Excellent knowledge of the English language and basic knowledge of performing electronic searches in health sciences databases (e.g. PubMed) are required.
Are there any legal limitations in the student’s involvement
Type of students accepted
This project accepts: - Medical students - Graduated students (less than 6 months)
- Hobbs N. Goddfrey A. Lara J. et al. Are behavioral interventions effective in increasing physical activity at 12 to 36 months in adults aged 55 to 70 years? A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Medicine 2013. 11. 75. doi . 10.1186/ 1741-7015-11-75
- Howlett N. Trivedi D. Troop NA. et al. What are the most effective behavior change techniques to promote physical activity and/or reduce sedentary behaviour in inactive adults? A systematic review protocol. BMJ Open 2015 . 5 . e .008573. doi.10.1136/bmjopen-2015-008573
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