Evid Based Nurs 13:37 doi:10.1136/ebn1050
  • Therapeutics
  • Randomised controlled trial

Telephone-delivered collaborative care for post-CABG depression is more effective than usual care for improving quality of life related to mental health

  1. Robyn Gallagher
  1. Correspondence to Robyn Gallagher
    University of Technology, PO Box 123 Broadway, Sydney, NSW, Australia; robyn.gallagher{at}

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Rollman and colleagues studied an intervention designed to manage depression following coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, a common and debilitating condition during recovery. Although other individual interventions have been tested, including antidepressant medication and individual counselling, few have been shown to improve depression. The intervention here, which the authors label ‘Bypassing the Blues’, is unique in that it uses a collaborative care model, managed and delivered by a nurse. Nurses deliver the intervention by telephone, and although there is a protocol, cases may be individualised during weekly reviews with a psychiatrist. Patients are …

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