Study suggests how to find depression in COPD patients
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GP patients with COPD who also have moderate to severe depression can be identified with a simple questionnaire, researchers have found.
The researchers, from a practice in Pinner, Middlesex sent the Beck Depression Inventory Short-Form Questionnaire to 66 patients on their practice's COPD register, and 43 were returned. Of these 13 (30%) patients had scores indicating moderate to severe depression, and ten attended for review of their suspected depression.
Depression was confirmed in all ten cases: five patients were treated with antidepressants, three were treated with pulmonary rehabilitation, and two refused treatment.
The researchers concluded that using the questionnaire was a ‘relatively cheap, quick and easy' way to identify depression in COPD patients, and helped to raise awareness among doctors and other staff of depression in chronic illness.
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