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A randomised, feasibility trial of a tele-health intervention for Acute Coronary Syndrome patients with depression ('MoodCare'): Study protocol

Adrienne O'Neil1*, Anna L Hawkes23, Bianca Chan1, Kristy Sanderson4, Andrew Forbes1, Bruce Hollingsworth5, John Atherton6, David L Hare7, Michael Jelinek8, Kathy Eadie1, C Barr Taylor9 and Brian Oldenburg1

Author affiliations

1 School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

2 Viertel Centre for Research in Cancer Control, Cancer Council Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

3 School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

4 Menzies Research Institute Tasmania, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

5 Centre for Health Economics, Monash University, Melbourne Australia

6 The Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and Department of Medicine University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

7 The University of Melbourne and The Austin Hospital, Melbourne Australia

8 St. Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia

9 Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA

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Citation and License

BMC Cardiovascular Disorders 2011, 11:8  doi:10.1186/1471-2261-11-8

Published: 25 February 2011



Coronary heart disease (CHD) and depression are leading causes of disease burden globally and the two often co-exist. Depression is common after Myocardial Infarction (MI) and it has been estimated that 15-35% of patients experience depressive symptoms. Co-morbid depression can impair health related quality of life (HRQOL), decrease medication adherence and appropriate utilisation of health services, lead to increased morbidity and suicide risk, and is associated with poorer CHD risk factor profiles and reduced survival. We aim to determine the feasibility of conducting a randomised, multi-centre trial designed to compare a tele-health program (MoodCare) for depression and CHD secondary prevention, with Usual Care (UC).


Over 1600 patients admitted after index admission for Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) are being screened for depression at six metropolitan hospitals in the Australian states of Victoria and Queensland. Consenting participants are then contacted at two weeks post-discharge for baseline assessment. One hundred eligible participants are to be randomised to an intervention or a usual medical care control group (50 per group). The intervention consists of up to 10 × 30-40 minute structured telephone sessions, delivered by registered psychologists, commencing within two weeks of baseline screening. The intervention focuses on depression management, lifestyle factors (physical activity, healthy eating, smoking cessation, alcohol intake), medication adherence and managing co-morbidities. Data collection occurs at baseline (Time 1), 6 months (post-intervention) (Time 2), 12 months (Time 3) and 24 months follow-up for longer term effects (Time 4). We are comparing depression (Cardiac Depression Scale [CDS]) and HRQOL (Short Form-12 [SF-12]) scores between treatment and UC groups, assessing the feasibility of the program through patient acceptability and exploring long term maintenance effects. A cost-effectiveness analysis of the costs and outcomes for patients in the intervention and control groups is being conducted from the perspective of health care costs to the government.


This manuscript presents the protocol for a randomised, multi-centre trial to evaluate the feasibility of a tele-based depression management and CHD secondary prevention program for ACS patients. The results of this trial will provide valuable new information about potential psychological and wellbeing benefits, cost-effectiveness and acceptability of an innovative tele-based depression management and secondary prevention program for CHD patients experiencing depression.

Trial Registration Number

Australia and New Zealand Clinical Trials Register (ANZCTR): ACTRN12609000386235