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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?


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Randomised controlled trial.

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

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Lieto, Finland; 1998 to 2001.

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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).

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Structured activity programme: 16 month programme consisting of 16 lectures, eight group discussions, six light exercise sessions, and three social events. Sessions …

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  • For correspondence: M Salminen, Family Medicine, Lemminkaisenkatu 1, FI-20014 University of Turku, Finland; majosa{at}

  • Sources of funding: Finland’s Slot Machine Association; February 19th Fund of the Finnish Heart Association; Red Feather Campaign of the Nordic Lions Club; Miina Sillanpaa Foundation.

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