Therese M Hilton

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BACKGROUND Conflicting findings have emerged from studies examining the impact of depression on death and readmission following a coronary event, possibly reflecting differences in the measurement of "depression" and the onset of depression in relation to the coronary event. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between the timing of the(More)
As deficiencies in n-3 PUFAs have been linked separately to depression and to cardiovascular disease, they could act as a higher order variable contributing to the established link between depression and cardiovascular disease. We therefore examine the relationship between depression and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFA), including total n-3(More)
OBJECTIVE We suggest that the identification of depression in the medically ill (DMI) might be improved by focussing on cognitive features. METHOD We recruited 302 patients to complete our provisional cognitive-based measure. Subsets also completed one of two comparator screening measures, either the Hospital and Anxiety Depression Scale (HADS) or the(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe a regional study seeking to replicate the suggested strong links whereby lifetime and post-coronary infarction depression are associated with a significant increase in mortality and cardiac morbidity, and consider the comparative influence of both depression and anxiety. METHOD We detail relevant international studies and describe(More)
OBJECTIVE There is a need for a valid measure of depression in the medically ill, and one that is independent of medical illness characteristics. As yet, there is no such widely accepted measure. We thus report on the early development of such a measure using cognitive constructs that define depressive mood state nuances. METHOD We studied 67 patients(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to revisit findings from previous studies reporting that pet ownership improves outcome following an admission for acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHOD Four hundred and twenty-four patients admitted to a cardiac unit with an ACS completed questions regarding pet ownership in hospital. Rates of cardiac death and(More)
The authors report on the psychometric characteristics and clinical efficacy of two versions of a recently developed screening measure of depression (the DMI-18 and DMI-10) in the cardiac population. Patients with acute coronary syndrome or heart failure (N = 322) completed the DMI measures, psychosocial questionnaires, and a semistructured clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE There is a need for a brief, efficient depression screening measure for general practice settings, particularly for identifying those who are at high risk of depression. We therefore test the usefulness of a measure developed in a sample of medically ill hospitalized patients. METHOD More than 600 patients attending six Sydney general practices(More)
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