Statistics from Altmetric.com
Rollman and colleagues' randomised control trial (RCT) concerns treatment of depression after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Increased mortality risk attributable to depression after CABG1 and myocardial infarction2 is a pressing reason to identify effective depression treatment in these patients.
The RCT involved an 8-month, bi-weekly nurse-led, telephone-delivered intervention for depression after ‘on pump’ or ‘off pump’ surgery across seven hospitals in Pennsylvania, USA. Patients were randomised to intervention (n=150) or usual care (n=152), and 151 non-depressed individuals served as a control group. The intervention, tailored to patient preference, consisted of psychoeducation, antidepressant pharmacotherapy, referral to a community mental health specialist (MHS), behavioural activation and pleasant activity scheduling, avoidance of tobacco, alcohol and unhealthy foods, a depression handbook and ‘watchful waiting’.
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.