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Depressed or Not Depressed: Untangling Symptoms of Depression In Patients Hospitalized With Coronary Heart Disease

Author(s): Anthony W. Mcguire, RN, PhD, ACNP-BC, CCRN, Jo-Ann Eastwood, RN, PhD, CCNS, ACNP-BC, Ron D. Hays, PhD, Aurelia Macabasco-O’Connell, RN, PhD, ACNP-BC, and Lynn V. Doering, RN, DNSc

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Mar 01, 2017

Topics: Cardiovascular, BehavioralPsychosocial

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Assessing depression in patients hospitalized with coronary heart disease is clinically challenging because depressive symptoms are often confounded by poor somatic health.


  • Describe the challenges associated with recognition of depression in patients who are hospitalized with coronary heart disease.
  • Identify the individual symptoms included in the somatic, somatic/affective, and cognitive/affective symptom clusters.
  • Discuss the key findings of this study and their associated nursing implications for improved recognition of depression in patients who are hospitalized with coronary heart disease.

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Successful Completion

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