Comparative effectiveness of three exercise types to treat clinical depression in older adults: A systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

@article{Miller2020ComparativeEO,
  title={Comparative effectiveness of three exercise types to treat clinical depression in older adults: A systematic review and network meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials},
  author={Kyle J. Miller and Daniela C Gonçalves-Bradley and Pinyadapat Areerob and Declan Hennessy and Christopher Mesagno and Fergal M Grace},
  journal={Ageing Research Reviews},
  year={2020},
  volume={58}
}
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