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Examining the relationship between anxiety and depression and exacerbations of COPD which result in hospital admission: a systematic review

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This review paper examines the relationship between anxiety and depression and hospitalization for a COPD exacerbation. The authors report that the vast majority of the included studies show depression and anxiety increasing hospitalization rates; length of stay and risk of mortality after discharge were also shown to increase. Of note is the estimation that only 27%-33% of patients in these studies were receiving pharmacologic treatment for anxious or depressive symptoms (non-pharmacologic treatment was not addressed). A discussion of qualitative data on anxiety and depression and their impact on quality of life and functioning is also included.

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Citation: Pooler A, Beech R. Examining the relationship between anxiety and depression and exacerbations of COPD which result in hospital admission: a systematic review. International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. March 2014; 9(1): 315—330. http://dx.doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S53255.
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