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Med J Aust. 2003 May 5;178(9):437-41.

Asthma symptoms associated with depression and lower quality of life: a population survey.

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Department of Psychiatry, University of Adelaide, SA. robert.goldney@adelaide.edu.au

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  • Med J Aust. 2003 Jul 7;179(1):17.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To identify any association between asthma and depression and quality of life.

DESIGN AND SETTING:

A face-to-face Health Omnibus Survey of a random and representative sample of the South Australian population in August 1998.

PARTICIPANTS:

3010 randomly selected participants aged 15 years and over.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Prevalence of doctor-diagnosed asthma, and scores for depression (measured by PRIME-MD instrument) and quality of life (measured by SF-36) in affected participants.

RESULTS:

The prevalence of asthma was 9.9%. The prevalence of major depression was significantly higher for those who experienced dyspnoea, wakening at night with asthma, and morning symptoms of asthma. Quality-of-life scores were also lower for the same groups.

CONCLUSIONS:

Depression is a serious but potentially remediable comorbidity with asthma that may affect appropriate diagnosis and outcome.

PMID:
12720509
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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