Lleida Researchers detected that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease suffer more anxiety and depression than the general population

According to the study, patients with chronic bronchitis are underdiagnosed in primary care

Lleida, January 25th, 2017 Researchers at the Institute for Biomedical Research Foundation Dr. Pifarré (IRBLleida) and the Institute for Research in Primary Care (IDIAP) Jordi Gol found that the presence of anxiety and depression in patients diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is much higher (15.6% ) than in the general population, as stated in the article published recently by researchers in the journal Lung, a prestigious journal in research studies on respiratory diseases. The study also shows that patients with COPD, commonly known as chronic bronchitis, suffer anxiety / depression enter a 23.3% increase in hospital due to exacerbations of their chronic broncopatia, compared to patients COPD without anxiety / depression. So having anxiety / depression 2.28 multiplied by the risk of two or more exacerbations. The study was conducted on a sample of 512 patients diagnosed with COPD from primary care ABS Pla d'Urgell during a period of one year were interviewed by primary care professionals.