Depression and coping in heart failure patients: a review of the literature

Allman, Eric, Berry, Diane and Nasir, Laura (2009) Depression and coping in heart failure patients: a review of the literature. Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing, 24 (2). pp. 106-117. ISSN 0889-4655

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Purpose: The purpose of this article is to critically evaluate the evidence related to depression and coping in heart failure patients and determine if certain types of coping are more common in heart failure patients with depression.

Methods: A computer search of the literature from January 1996 through October 2008 was conducted. PubMed was searched using the following key search terms: congestive heart failure, heart failure, coping, and depression. Three independent reviewers met to discuss the studies, interpret findings, compare studies, and discuss recommendations.

Results: Coping strategies were found to be associated with depression in patients with heart failure. Adaptive coping such as active coping, acceptance, and planning tended to be used by more patients and were associated with less depression. Those who used more maladaptive methods of coping such as denial and disengagement had higher levels of depression.

Conclusions: Further longitudinal research on depression and coping strategies and best treatment options for coping and depression in patients with heart failure are needed.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1097/JCN.0b013e318197a985
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2014 15:07
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:42

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