Exercise, Stress Management Can Improve Depression in Patients with Serious Illness

Two men stretching roadsideBuilding on evidence from numerous studies citing the adverse health consequences of  depression on a patient’s recovery after a cardiovascular event and other serious illnesses, researchers in Duke’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences are focusing on the benefits of stress management, physical exercise and other lifestyle changes to diminish depressive symptoms and improve clinical outcomes. Led by James Blumenthal, JP Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry, they're focusing on people with cardiovascular disease and lung transplant patients.

Read the latest from Duke Health's Clinical Practice Today series to learn more about these projects.