CBT Eases Heart Failure Patients’ Depression

Through a new study, published by JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers learned that cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) was helpful in managing depression for heart failure patients. It, however, proved ineffective for heart failure patients’ self-care. There were 158 heart failure patients with depression who participated in this study for six months. Half of them were given only usual care (UC) and the other half CBT and UC combined, with 84% of all participants completing the treatment. While the depression scores were lower in the CBT group compared to the UC group after the six months, self-care scores did not improve in the CBT group. It confirms that CBT is superior to UC for treating depression in heart failure patients.

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