Phone-based intervention effective for concurrent management of anxiety, depression in acute cardiac illness

  • April 16, 2014

Use of a telephone-based, low-intensity model to concurrently manage depression and anxiety disorders in patients hospitalized for an acute cardiac illness was associated with improved mental health-related quality of life at 24 weeks.

Researchers conducted a single blind trial of 183 adults admitted to a cardiac unit for ACS, arrhythmia disorders or HF between September 2010 and July 2013. All patients underwent structured assessment and were determined to have clinical depression (133 cases), generalized anxiety disorder (118 cases) and/or panic disorder (19 cases).

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