A pulmonary rehabilitation program reduces levels of anxiety and depression in COPD patients

Athanasios Tselebis, Dionisios Bratis, Argiro Pachi, Georgios Moussas, Ioannis Ilias, Maria Harikiopoulou, Elpida Theodorakopoulou, Silvia Dumitru, Epaminondas Kosmas, Alexandros Vgontzas, Nikolaos Siafakas, Nikolaos Tzanakis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

28 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Background: The presence of anxiety and depressive symptoms in COPD patients has been acknowledged for many years. The preponderance of recent studies supports the utility of pulmonary rehabilitation programs to reduce the levels of depression and anxiety in these patients. The aim of this study is to investigate possible changes in levels of anxiety and depression among patients enrolled in a pulmonary rehabilitation program, along with the role of disease severity in these changes. Methods: In 101 COPD patients, who attended a pulmonary rehabilitation program, levels of trait anxiety (STAI) and depressive symptoms (BDI) were assessed at the beginning and at the end of the program. Age, sex, level of education in years and stage of disease severity were recorded. Results: Our study included 80 male and 21 female patients. Mean age and mean education level were 64.1 ± 8.1 and 11.3 ± 4.1 years, respectively. Regarding COPD staging, 11 patients suffered from mild, 16 from moderate, 47 from severe and 27 from very severe COPD. Significant decreases in anxiety (from 39.7 to 34.0, p < 0.001) and depression rates (from 10.7 to 6.3, p < 0.001) were observed. A statistically significant reduction in anxiety and depression was revealed (p < 0.05)at all stages of COPD. Conclusion: Pulmonary rehabilitation programs should be offered to all COPD patients irrespective of disease severity, since they all lead to improvement in anxiety and depressive symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number41
JournalMultidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 22 2013

Fingerprint

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Rehabilitation
Anxiety
Depression
Lung
Sex Education
Education

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

Cite this

Tselebis, A., Bratis, D., Pachi, A., Moussas, G., Ilias, I., Harikiopoulou, M., ... Tzanakis, N. (2013). A pulmonary rehabilitation program reduces levels of anxiety and depression in COPD patients. Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine, 8(5), [41]. https://doi.org/10.1186/2049-6958-8-41
Tselebis, Athanasios ; Bratis, Dionisios ; Pachi, Argiro ; Moussas, Georgios ; Ilias, Ioannis ; Harikiopoulou, Maria ; Theodorakopoulou, Elpida ; Dumitru, Silvia ; Kosmas, Epaminondas ; Vgontzas, Alexandros ; Siafakas, Nikolaos ; Tzanakis, Nikolaos. / A pulmonary rehabilitation program reduces levels of anxiety and depression in COPD patients. In: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine. 2013 ; Vol. 8, No. 5.
@article{9aa48fa611f5440aabb46642e4891d1a,
title = "A pulmonary rehabilitation program reduces levels of anxiety and depression in COPD patients",
abstract = "Background: The presence of anxiety and depressive symptoms in COPD patients has been acknowledged for many years. The preponderance of recent studies supports the utility of pulmonary rehabilitation programs to reduce the levels of depression and anxiety in these patients. The aim of this study is to investigate possible changes in levels of anxiety and depression among patients enrolled in a pulmonary rehabilitation program, along with the role of disease severity in these changes. Methods: In 101 COPD patients, who attended a pulmonary rehabilitation program, levels of trait anxiety (STAI) and depressive symptoms (BDI) were assessed at the beginning and at the end of the program. Age, sex, level of education in years and stage of disease severity were recorded. Results: Our study included 80 male and 21 female patients. Mean age and mean education level were 64.1 ± 8.1 and 11.3 ± 4.1 years, respectively. Regarding COPD staging, 11 patients suffered from mild, 16 from moderate, 47 from severe and 27 from very severe COPD. Significant decreases in anxiety (from 39.7 to 34.0, p < 0.001) and depression rates (from 10.7 to 6.3, p < 0.001) were observed. A statistically significant reduction in anxiety and depression was revealed (p < 0.05)at all stages of COPD. Conclusion: Pulmonary rehabilitation programs should be offered to all COPD patients irrespective of disease severity, since they all lead to improvement in anxiety and depressive symptoms.",
author = "Athanasios Tselebis and Dionisios Bratis and Argiro Pachi and Georgios Moussas and Ioannis Ilias and Maria Harikiopoulou and Elpida Theodorakopoulou and Silvia Dumitru and Epaminondas Kosmas and Alexandros Vgontzas and Nikolaos Siafakas and Nikolaos Tzanakis",
year = "2013",
month = "6",
day = "22",
doi = "10.1186/2049-6958-8-41",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "8",
journal = "Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine",
issn = "1828-695X",
publisher = "Novamedia s.r.l.",
number = "5",

}

Tselebis, A, Bratis, D, Pachi, A, Moussas, G, Ilias, I, Harikiopoulou, M, Theodorakopoulou, E, Dumitru, S, Kosmas, E, Vgontzas, A, Siafakas, N & Tzanakis, N 2013, 'A pulmonary rehabilitation program reduces levels of anxiety and depression in COPD patients', Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine, vol. 8, no. 5, 41. https://doi.org/10.1186/2049-6958-8-41

A pulmonary rehabilitation program reduces levels of anxiety and depression in COPD patients. / Tselebis, Athanasios; Bratis, Dionisios; Pachi, Argiro; Moussas, Georgios; Ilias, Ioannis; Harikiopoulou, Maria; Theodorakopoulou, Elpida; Dumitru, Silvia; Kosmas, Epaminondas; Vgontzas, Alexandros; Siafakas, Nikolaos; Tzanakis, Nikolaos.

In: Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 5, 41, 22.06.2013.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - A pulmonary rehabilitation program reduces levels of anxiety and depression in COPD patients

AU - Tselebis, Athanasios

AU - Bratis, Dionisios

AU - Pachi, Argiro

AU - Moussas, Georgios

AU - Ilias, Ioannis

AU - Harikiopoulou, Maria

AU - Theodorakopoulou, Elpida

AU - Dumitru, Silvia

AU - Kosmas, Epaminondas

AU - Vgontzas, Alexandros

AU - Siafakas, Nikolaos

AU - Tzanakis, Nikolaos

PY - 2013/6/22

Y1 - 2013/6/22

N2 - Background: The presence of anxiety and depressive symptoms in COPD patients has been acknowledged for many years. The preponderance of recent studies supports the utility of pulmonary rehabilitation programs to reduce the levels of depression and anxiety in these patients. The aim of this study is to investigate possible changes in levels of anxiety and depression among patients enrolled in a pulmonary rehabilitation program, along with the role of disease severity in these changes. Methods: In 101 COPD patients, who attended a pulmonary rehabilitation program, levels of trait anxiety (STAI) and depressive symptoms (BDI) were assessed at the beginning and at the end of the program. Age, sex, level of education in years and stage of disease severity were recorded. Results: Our study included 80 male and 21 female patients. Mean age and mean education level were 64.1 ± 8.1 and 11.3 ± 4.1 years, respectively. Regarding COPD staging, 11 patients suffered from mild, 16 from moderate, 47 from severe and 27 from very severe COPD. Significant decreases in anxiety (from 39.7 to 34.0, p < 0.001) and depression rates (from 10.7 to 6.3, p < 0.001) were observed. A statistically significant reduction in anxiety and depression was revealed (p < 0.05)at all stages of COPD. Conclusion: Pulmonary rehabilitation programs should be offered to all COPD patients irrespective of disease severity, since they all lead to improvement in anxiety and depressive symptoms.

AB - Background: The presence of anxiety and depressive symptoms in COPD patients has been acknowledged for many years. The preponderance of recent studies supports the utility of pulmonary rehabilitation programs to reduce the levels of depression and anxiety in these patients. The aim of this study is to investigate possible changes in levels of anxiety and depression among patients enrolled in a pulmonary rehabilitation program, along with the role of disease severity in these changes. Methods: In 101 COPD patients, who attended a pulmonary rehabilitation program, levels of trait anxiety (STAI) and depressive symptoms (BDI) were assessed at the beginning and at the end of the program. Age, sex, level of education in years and stage of disease severity were recorded. Results: Our study included 80 male and 21 female patients. Mean age and mean education level were 64.1 ± 8.1 and 11.3 ± 4.1 years, respectively. Regarding COPD staging, 11 patients suffered from mild, 16 from moderate, 47 from severe and 27 from very severe COPD. Significant decreases in anxiety (from 39.7 to 34.0, p < 0.001) and depression rates (from 10.7 to 6.3, p < 0.001) were observed. A statistically significant reduction in anxiety and depression was revealed (p < 0.05)at all stages of COPD. Conclusion: Pulmonary rehabilitation programs should be offered to all COPD patients irrespective of disease severity, since they all lead to improvement in anxiety and depressive symptoms.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84879893093&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84879893093&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1186/2049-6958-8-41

DO - 10.1186/2049-6958-8-41

M3 - Article

C2 - 23931626

AN - SCOPUS:84879893093

VL - 8

JO - Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine

JF - Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine

SN - 1828-695X

IS - 5

M1 - 41

ER -