Mood disorders frequently coexist with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), yet patient views of how mental health impacts their disease and their willingness to engage in treatment are not well understood.

Subjects with CRS were enrolled regardless of their mental health status and completed a needs questionnaire on mental health-related to CRS. Also, researchers collected demographic and disease-specific data.

The researchers enrolled in the study a total of 55 subjects. The multivariate regression model of whether patients felt that treating the mind would improve sinus-related QOL as predicted by age, gender, SNOT-22, CT scores, and endoscopy scores was statistically significant and explained 42% of the variance in answers. Still, only age and gender approached statistical significance.

The study concluded that the CRS patients acknowledged the high prevalence of comorbid mood disorders and were willing to discuss and be treated for mental health issues. Many patients felt that treating their mental health would improve their disease-specific QOL. These findings warrant further study of how to incorporate the management of mental health into CRS treatment algorithms.