Richard Novitch, M.D., the Director of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, was published in the March issue of The British Journal of Psychiatry. The article, entitled “Personalized intervention for people with depression and severe COPD,” explains how COPD is often complicated by depression.
In the excerpt, Dr. Novitch, along with a team of other doctors, conducted a study using a controlled group and a non-controlled group. The controlled group consisted of depressed COPD patients undergoing rehab at Burke and receiving standard care. The non-controlled group received standard care and personalized intervention with a social worker after discharge. The results of the study concluded that of the 138 patients involved, the non-controlled group led to a higher remission rate for depression, a greater reduction in depressive symptoms, as well as a reduction in symptoms of disabling shortness of breath.
If you are interested in finding more about the study, you can purchase a copy here.