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Physical activity interventions in Latin America: what value might be added by including conference abstracts in a literature review?
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PMID:  20702915     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: This review assessed whether conference abstracts yield useful information on the types and effectiveness of community-based physical activity (PA) interventions in Latin America, beyond that from interventions included in a recent systematic review of peer-reviewed literature. METHODS: Abstracts from 9 conferences were searched for community-based interventions to promote PA in Latin America and summarized. Three reviewers classified and screened abstracts. Evaluated interventions that were not included in the previous review were assessed. RESULTS: Search of abstracts from 31 proceedings of 9 conferences identified 87 abstracts of studies on community-based interventions focused on increasing PA. Only 31 abstracts reported on studies with a control group and an outcome related to PA. Ten of these abstracts represented interventions that had not been included in the previous review of peer-reviewed literature, but the abstracts were insufficient in number or detail to make a practice recommendation for any single intervention. CONCLUSIONS: This review highlighted the challenges and low added value of including conference abstracts in a systematic review of community PA interventions in Latin America. Stronger evaluation design and execution and more published reports of evaluated interventions are needed to build an evidence base supporting interventions to increase PA in Latin America.
Christine Hoehner; Jesus Soares; Diana C Parra; Isabela C Ribeiro; Michael Pratt; Mario Bracco; Pedro C Hallal; Ross C Brownson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of physical activity & health     Volume:  7 Suppl 2     ISSN:  1543-3080     ISO Abbreviation:  J Phys Act Health     Publication Date:  2010 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-08-12     Completed Date:  2010-10-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101189457     Medline TA:  J Phys Act Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S265-78     Citation Subset:  IM    
Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.
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MeSH Terms
Abstracting and Indexing as Topic
Community Networks
Congresses as Topic
Evidence-Based Practice / methods
Health Promotion / methods*
Latin America
Motor Activity*
Review Literature as Topic
Grant Support

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