Physical activity interventions in Latin America: expanding and classifying the evidence.
Bottom Line: The goals of this review were to (1) update a previous systematic review of physical activity interventions in Latin America which found that only school-based physical education had sufficient evidence to recommend widespread adoption; (2) assess the reporting of external validity elements; and (3) develop and apply an evidence typology for classifying interventions.An evidence rating typology was developed and applied to classify interventions along a continuum based on evidence about their effectiveness in the U.S. context, reach, adoption, implementation, institutionalization, and benefits and costs.Enhanced reporting of external validity elements will inform the translation of research into practice.
Affiliation: Division of Public Health Sciences and Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA. email@example.comShow MeSH
Mentions: The goal of the current study was to accelerate the transfer of research to practice and identify research opportunities by (1) updating the prior systematic review of physical activity interventions in Latin America using U.S. Community Guide methods by adding published articles and Brazilian theses from 2006 to 2010; (2) assessing the reporting of external validity elements among a subset of articles included in the review; and (3) developing an evidence rating typology for physical activity interventions in Latin America and applying it to the updated review (Figure 1).7,26 This review is part of a larger cross-national initiative, called Project GUIA (Guide for Useful Interventions for Activity in Brazil and Latin America), intended to promote evidence-based strategies to increase physical activity in Latin America.11
Affiliation: Division of Public Health Sciences and Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org