The Particulars: Studies suggest that the rate of depression among patients with COPD is significantly higher than that of the general population. The ability to identify patients with COPD who are most at risk for depression could help ensure timely counseling and treatment.

Data Breakdown: An analysis of potential risk factors for depression among patients with COPD showed that COPD severity and smoking status did not appear to effect depression or level of depression. However, females and patients who experienced significant shortness of breath had a significantly greater risk for depression. Depression and the intensity of depression were directly linked to patients’ quality of life scores. Physically active patients were less prone to developing depression.

Take Home Pearls: Female gender and significant shortness of breath appear to be significant risk factors for depression among patients with COPD. Physical activity appears to be protective against depression in this population.