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The Perceived Benefits of a Group CBT Intervention for Patients With Coronary Heart Disease

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Participants in a group CBT intervention for men who had undergone stent surgery completed an evaluation of the program at its completion. The evaluation included questions on how much they liked the program, how helpful they found it to be, how well the leader ran the group, what aspects of the program they had found beneficial, and what aspects they liked and disliked. Measures of anxiety, depression, and hostility were taken before and after the intervention. Participants rated the program highly and most frequently cited the opportunity to disclose and share information with fellow participants as an aspect of the program which they particularly liked. Learning specific skills was the most frequently cited benefit of doing the program. The therapeutic aims of the program—reducing anxiety, depression, and hostility—were mentioned infrequently. Although reductions in anxiety and hostility scores were apparent after the program, these were not related to participants' feedback on the perceived benefits or enjoyable aspects of the program.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2003

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