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Integrated Treatment For Heart Failure & Depression Improves Quality Of Life

A telephone-delivered ‘blended’ model of collaborative care strategy that combined heart failure care management with depression treatment improved quality of life and mood. When evaluated using the Mental Component Summary of the 12-item Short Form Health Survey (MCS-12), which measures mental health–related quality of life (mHRQOL), individuals in the Hopeful Heart Trial reported a 4.47-point improvement on MCS-12 scores after 12 months, compared to those receiving usual care. Blended care participants also reported a 47% improvement in mood, compared to …

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