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Table 3 Summary of themes

From: Adherence to exercise referral schemes by participants – what do providers and commissioners need to know? A systematic review of barriers and facilitators

Theme Facilitator Barrier
 Professional advice and supervision (during and after ERS)  
 Encouragement and support from peers and family or friends  
 Social engagement with other participants  
 Accessible location  
 Good public transport links  
 Loud music/TV in gym
 Gym environment  
 Complex gym equipment  
 Poor quality facilities  
Timing and content
 Variety of exercise options  
 Flexible session times  
 Tailored exercise programmes  
 Lack of cultural awareness and language difficulties  
Goals and motivation
 Perceived benefits in physical and mental health