Assessing the effectiveness of Enhanced Psychological Care for patients with depressive symptoms attending cardiac rehabilitation compared with treatment as usual (CADENCE): a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial

Suzanne Richards, Chris Dickens, Rob Anderson, David Richards, Rod Taylor, Obioha Ukoumunne, Katrina Turner, Manish Gandhi, Willem Kuyken, Andrew Gibson, Antoinette Davey, Fiona Warren, Rachel Winder & John Campbell
Abstract Background Around 17% of people attending UK cardiac rehabilitation programmes have depression. Optimising psychological wellbeing is a rehabilitation goal, but provision of psychological care is limited. We developed and piloted an Enhanced Psychological Care (EPC) intervention embedded within cardiac rehabilitation, aiming to test key areas of uncertainty to inform the design of a definitive randomised controlled trial (RCT) and economic evaluation. Methods An external pilot randomised controlled trial (RCT) randomised eight cardiac rehabilitation teams...
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