Physical Activity Interventions in Faith-Based Organizations: A Systematic Review

Physical Activity Interventions in Faith-Based Organizations: A Systematic Review

Author Parra, Maira Tristao Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Arredondo, Elva M. Google Scholar
Atallah, Alvaro N. Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Abstract Objective: To review and assess the effectiveness of physical activity interventions delivered in faith-based organizations. Data Source: We searched the Cochrane Library, DoPHER, EMBASE, LILACS, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, WHO ICTRP, and databases until January 2016, without restriction of language or publication date. Study Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria: Randomized and nonrandomized controlled trials investigating physical activity interventions for adults delivered in faith-based organizations. Data Extraction: Two independent reviewers extracted data and assessed study methodological quality. Data Synthesis: We used relative risk and mean difference with 95% confidence interval to estimate the effect of the interventions on measures of physical activity, physical fitness, and health. Results: The review included 18 studies. Study participants were predominantly female, and the majority of trials were conducted in the United States. Study heterogeneity did not allow us to conduct meta-analyses. Although interventions delivered in faith-based organizations increased physical activity and positively influenced measures of health and fitness in participants, the quality of the evidence was very low. Conclusion: Faith-based organizations are promising settings to promote physical activity, consequently addressing health disparities. However, high-quality randomized clinical trials are needed to adequately assess the effectiveness of interventions delivered in faith-based organizations.
Keywords faith-based organization
physical activity
motor activity
systematic review
review literature as topic
xmlui.dri2xhtml.METS-1.0.item-coverage Thousand Oaks
Language English
Sponsor CAPES Foundation, Ministry of Education of Brazil, Brazil
Date 2018
Published in American Journal Of Health Promotion. Thousand Oaks, v. 32, n. 3, p. 677-690, 2018.
ISSN 0890-1171 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Sage Publications Inc
Extent 677-690
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000425025400020

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