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Title: Depression and pulmonary function in outpatients with asthma
Authors: Krommydas, Georgios C.
Gourgoulianis, Konstantinos I.
Angelopoulos, Nikiforos V.
Molyvdas, Paschalis Adam
Kotrotsiou, Evangelia 
Raftopoulos, Vasilios 
Keywords: Asthma
Anxiety
Depression
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Respiratory Medicine, Vol.98, no.3, 2004, pp. 220-224
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the relation between depression, anxiety and pulmonary function in asthmatics. Thirty-eight adult asthmatic patients underwent psychometric evaluation with the DSSI/sAD questionnaire, filled in an asthma questionnaire and underwent spirometry. The majority of patients suffered from mild-persistent asthma. Twenty-six reported symptoms of anxiety and 25 reported symptoms of depression. A statistically significant reduction in FEV1 and FEV1/FVC values was observed in asthmatic patients with symptoms of depression. The mean value of FEV1 was 81.84(720.83) in patients without symptoms and 63.73(717.99) in patients with symptoms of depression. The mean values of FEV1/FVC were 0.85(70.11) and 0.75(70.10), respectively. These findings indicate a high frequency of depression and anxiety in adult asthmatic patients. A biological linkage between depression and impaired pulmonary function is proposed.
URI: http://ktisis.cut.ac.cy/handle/10488/265
ISSN: 0954-6111
DOI: 10.1016/j.rmed.2003.09.018
Rights: 2003 Elsevier
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