Phone calls from nurse significantly improved depressive symptoms of CABG patients

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According to a study recently published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association, phone calls from nurses significantly improved depressive symptoms of individuals recovering from coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Amazingly, the phone calls from nurses seemed to provide as much of an anti depressive boost as traditional psychotherapy and medication, the researchers found. According to the findings, individuals recovering from the CABG procedure who received a phone call from a nurse experienced significant improvement over those that had received the usual care. The researchers strongly believe that the study has widely applicable uses for individuals in rural communities and those who have physical disabilities inhibiting face to face contact with health care providers. According to the researchers, “Our findings and mode of intervention delivery thus have major public health implications for medically frail individuals, those living in rural settings, and other individuals with physical challenges impeding face-to-face depression treatment.” Click here to read an article from Medpage Today that discusses these findings more.

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