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A structured activity programme reduces depressive symptoms in moderately depressed older men with coronary heart disease, but not women

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 Q Does a programme of education, physical activity, and social activities for people with coronary heart disease reduce depressive symptoms?

METHODS

Embedded ImageDesign:

Randomised controlled trial.

Embedded ImageAllocation:

Unclear.

Embedded ImageBlinding:

Unblinded.

Embedded ImageFollow up period:

Baseline measurements taken in August 1999, follow up measurements between October 2000 and January 2001.

Embedded ImageSetting:

Lieto, Finland; 1998 to 2001.

Embedded ImagePatients:

251 home dwelling residents aged 65 and over with coronary heart disease. Subgroup analysis was undertaken in people with moderate or high depressive symptoms at baseline (Zung Self-rating Depression Scale score ⩾45; n = 59).

Embedded ImageIntervention:

Structured activity programme: 16 month programme consisting of 16 lectures, eight group discussions, six light exercise sessions, and three social events. Sessions aimed to increase awareness of the prevention and treatment of coronary heart disease, social activity and support, and physical activity. Control: usual care (not further defined).

Embedded ImageOutcomes:

Depressive …

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