According to a study published in the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, psychological factors negatively affect quality of life for COPD patients, AJMC.com reports.
The study examined factors that are associated with poor quality of life, focusing on psychological measures that can easily be controlled with intervention and treatment.
The results showed a wide variation of perceived quality of life impairment due to COPD in the population. Depression, anxiety, and negative health beliefs have significant impacts on patients’ experience with COPD.
While psychological issues are common in patients with COPD, there is little evidence in supporting the use of intervention. Small studies have shown that relaxation, cognitive behavioral therapy, self-management and antidepressant medication can improve quality of life.