The Psychological Status Of Patients With Asthma And Copd

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Bridget Zartner
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Evaluation of the psychological status in Patients with Asthma and COPD is from the Iranian journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. The authors: Amir MH Asnaashari, Ali Talaei, and Mehry Baghban Haghighi evaluate fifty-nine women and forty-one men, who either had COPD, adult onset asthma, asthmatic bronchitis or were healthy. COPD and asthma severity was based on the GOLD criteria which stands for Global Obstructive Lung Disease. Depression outcomes were based on patient 's answers to the Beck Depression Inventory Questionnaire (BDI). Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HARS) measured the severity of anxiety in the study. SCL-90-R questionnaires determined overall
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The global burden of asthma: executive summary of the GINA Dissemination. Committee Report. Allergy 2004; 59(5):469-78). According to, Evaluation of the psychological status of patients with asthma and COPD, both asthma and COPD affect mental health due to the impact these diseases have on sleep activity and the social life of patients (Asnaashari). This study was conducted to clarify if there is a relationship between pulmonary disease and psychological status (IRANIAN JOURNAL OF ALLERGY, ASTHMA AND IMMUNOLOGY Vol. 11, No. 1, March 2012).
Psychiatric studies that were part of this study include Beck Depression Inventory, Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale, and SCL-90-R questionnaires. The Beck Depression Inventory questionnaire measures the severity of depression and screens patients who require intervention. BDI scores minimal depression from 0-13, mild depression from 14-19, moderate depression from 20-28, with severe depression scoring lying within the 29-63 range (Beck AT. Depression: Causes and Treatment. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006). HARS provides an overall measure of global anxiety that is psychiatric and somatic symptomatically. Scoring ranges from 0-56 with a score over 14 indicating high levels of anxiety (Bagby RM, Ryder AG, Schuller DR, Marshall MB. "The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale: has the gold standard become a lead weight?" Am J Psychiatry 2004; 161(12):2163-77). SCL-90-R questionnaire presented
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