The Science Journal of the American Association for Respiratory Care

2006 OPEN FORUM Abstracts

ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION MEASUREMENTS IN PULMONARY REHABILITATION PATIENTS WITH RESTRITIVE LUNG DISEASE

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  Gerilynn L. Connors, RRT, FAACVPR, Susan Farrell, RRT, NPS, AE-C, Judith Shumway, RRT, Sidnie Hess, RRT, AE-C, Heather Montilla, RRT, Junk Leah RRT, Jill Baker RRT, Tom Malinowski, RRT, FAARC, Tom Arrowsmith, RRT, James Lamberti, MD. Inova Fairfax Hospital, Falls Church, VA.

Background:   Many studies have been done to look at the anxiety and depression of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and how Pulmonary Rehabilitation can decrease these symptoms. However, less is known about the anxiety and depression of patients suffering from Restrictive Lung Disease and the impact Pulmonary Rehabilitation has.  The number of patients referred to pulmonary rehabilitation with restrictive lung disease is increasing.  We hypothesize that the anxiety and depression within this subset of patients would improve post pulmonary rehabilitation.

Methods: Retrospective analysis of the pre- and post Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scales (HADS) were done on patients entering the INOVA Fairfax Hospital comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program. 

Results: 18 restrictive lung disease patients received pre- and post HADS.  The average HAD Anxiety scale pre was 4.94 with a Post scale of 3.58.  The average HAD Depression scale pre was 4.94 with a Post of 4.29. 

Conclusions: Anxiety and Depression can be decreased in the patient population with restrictive lung disease as a result of a comprehensive pulmonary rehabilitation program.  It is important that this subset of patients be referred to pulmonary rehabilitation to improve their quality of life.


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