Depression warning for heart failure patients

GP Online picks up on an American study (links to original) – the implication is that early identification of the onset of depression in people with heart failure could reduce a considerable number of early deaths. Depression warning for heart failure patients. Surely it shouldn’t be too difficult to get self-reported mood trends into electronic medical records and to flag up negative changes in a timely manner. It may be more cost effective than other forms of remote symptom monitoring…
UPDATE Tuesday 26 March: There may be a connection to social isolation – also associated with depression. Social isolation ‘increases death risk in older people’ BBC item.

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