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Cognitive behavioural therapy shows promise in heart failure patients with depression

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5163 (Published 29 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5163
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Cognitive behavioural therapy for heart failure patients with depression can considerably improve their emotional health and overall quality of life, a US study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has shown. However, the intervention did not improve heart failure self care or physical functioning when compared with enhanced usual care.1

Major depression is a common comorbidity in heart failure. Depression and inadequate self care are common and inter-related problems that increase the risk of hospitalisation and death in patients …

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