Development of an online platform to support the self-management of symptoms and promote the wellbeing of people with cardiovascular disease (CVD)

Barley, Elizabeth, Clifton, Abbey, Enright, Aislinn, Lee, Geraldine, Norman, Ian, Richards, Derek and Sturt, Jackie (2014) Development of an online platform to support the self-management of symptoms and promote the wellbeing of people with cardiovascular disease (CVD). International Journal of Integrated Care, 14 (8). ISSN 1568-4156

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Abstract

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of disability & mortality. Related conditions include: coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, peripheral arterial disease and vascular dementia. These conditions can be managed but not cured. Self-management is the core of effective treatment, but can be compromised in the presence of co-morbid depression and anxiety, which is more prevalent in CVD patients than in the general population. Co-morbid depression and anxiety can also exacerbate the perceived severity of physical symptoms such as chest pain, breathlessness and fatigue; this leads to increased primary care and emergency department attendance.

Access to effective psychological treatment for depression and anxiety for people with CVD (such as cognitive behavioural therapy) is limited. Online-delivered interventions are a low-cost and nonstigmatising way of delivering therapy and self-management support and are easily accessed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Available under a CC BY 4.0 license.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cvd; online behavioural health; engagement; psychological distress; innovation
Subjects: Medicine and health
Psychology
Depositing User: Elizabeth Barley
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2017 08:22
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2017 08:23
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/3609

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