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Healthcare 2016, 4(3), 52;

Depressive Symptoms among Patients with Heart Failure in Korea: An Integrative Review

College of Nursing & Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, 103 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03080, Korea
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Academic Editor: Sampath Parthasarathy
Received: 24 May 2016 / Revised: 28 July 2016 / Accepted: 2 August 2016 / Published: 4 August 2016
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This integrative review was conducted to examine studies reporting depressive symptoms among patients with heart failure (HF) in Korea. An extensive search with both English and Korean search terms was conducted using six electronic databases. Publications were screened by both authors independently, and 10 articles meeting the inclusion criteria were reviewed. All 10 studies were data-based, quantitative, and descriptive in nature. In all studies, depressive symptoms were measured at only one point in time. The prevalence of depression reported in these studies ranged from 24% to 68%. Heterogeneity in the study samples and measures of depression was noted. Depressive symptoms have received limited attention in research with HF patients in Korea. Additional studies, especially longitudinal studies and intervention studies, are needed to assess depressive symptoms and to test the effects of pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions on depression among patients with HF in Korea. Clinicians need to screen patients with HF for depressive symptoms using validated measures and provide proper treatment for those who are depressed. View Full-Text
Keywords: depression; heart failure; Korea; integrative review depression; heart failure; Korea; integrative review

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