Thursday, 11 December 2014

Beating Hearts Problem Programme proves to be effective

 The Beating Hearts Problem programme has been introduced to assist and support patients recovering from an acute cardiac event, working to combat the issue of depression and anxiety.

A publication co-authored by seven researchers has explored the efficacy of an intervention utilising cognitive behavioural therapy to support cardiac patients in improving their confidence and managing sudden behavioural changes and mood swings. Utilising an 8 week model, the programme was run over a three year period, with a sample of 275 patients in a hospital clinic. Baseline assessments were used to determine psychological risk factors following the acute cardiac event.

The Beating Hearts Programme employed a group based scheme with eight different modules targeting areas such as social support, depression, physical activity, smoking and medication. Psychologists facilitated the intervention with nine patients in each session.

The results extracted indicated that the program has had a positive impact in reducing symptoms of depression and managing anxiety with patients. Self-rated health reports improved within the group and trends indicated increased confidence in managing anxiety and anger. The authors conclude that a programme employing a group secondary prevention model is effective in administering strategies to target behavioural issues and improving mental well-being of patients.

Read about the programme in full here:

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