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University of Iowa News Release

July 20, 2006

UI Study Seeks Adults With Heart Failure

Men and women age 45 and older with congestive heart failure and who feel down or depressed because of their condition are invited to participate in a University of Iowa research study on the effectiveness of a coping program. 

The study will last 13 weeks, and because many patients with heart failure are homebound, the program will not require travel. The program will be conducted with a combination of home and telephone visits. Compensation for participation is available.

The study will compare conventional treatment to the effectiveness of the "Living Well with Heart Failure" (LWHF) treatment. This means that some study participants will continue to receive their regular medical care, as if they were not involved in the study, and will only talk with researchers to complete their assessments. The LWHF treatment will address the issues of managing participants' illnesses and coping emotionally with heart failure.

The emotional coping component helps patients adjust to the changes in their lives brought on by illness. Researchers will work with patients to help them improve personal relationships, adjust to physical impairment, improve their mood and increase enjoyable activities.

The illness management component focuses on helping patients manage their illness by asking them to weigh themselves daily, take their medication as prescribed, follow a low-salt diet and choose an appropriate activity level. Weekly goals are set with patients, based on their priorities.

For more information, call toll-free 800-628-8939 or 319-353-5690.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: David Pedersen, 319-335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu; Writer: Andrea Schreiber