Background: Individuals with depression have a higher incidence of comorbidity which significantly decreases their ability to function and increases their utilization of health care. Due to the severity of the economic burden resulting with depression, research is needed to further examine the most effective treatments for depression. Biofeedback is a therapy that teaches patients how to control the physical affects that manifest during depression.
Aim: The purpose of this review of literature is to discover the benefits of biofeedback for patients diagnosed with depression.
Method: An electronic literature search was conducted using various databases to retrieve articles examining biofeedback as an intervention for patients with depression or depressive symptoms.
Results: Studies that used biofeedback as an intervention for depression reported significant physical benefits for patients, including decreased heart rate variability and respiratory rate, as well as improved function.
Conclusion: Research indicates that treatments need to have the potential to empower individuals, relieve them of their negative symptoms, relieve their financial burden, and allow them the quality of life they deserve.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.)
College of Nursing
Orlando (Main) Campus
Atkinson, Amber L., "The Effect of Biofeedback on Coping for Patients with Depression" (2017). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 167.
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