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Estudos e Pesquisas em Psicologia

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GODOY, Rossane Frizzo de. Anxiety, depression and hopelessness in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Estud. pesqui. psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.13, n.3, pp. 1089-1102. ISSN 1808-4281.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a highly disabling disease.  The recognition of the emotional factors common to these patients may provide important information for professionals working with such subjects. Objectives: to assess the impact of pulmonary rehabilitation program (PRP) on the levels of anxiety, depression and hopelessness in patients with COPD, through logotherapy. Methods: 17 COPD patients were assessed at baseline and at the end of PRP based on three scales: Beck Anxiety Inventory, Beck Depression Inventory and Beck Hopelessness Scale. Results: The study included 17 patients (52.9% men) with mean age of 64.5 ± 8.1 years. Anxiety and depression were present in 29.4% of the sample, 41.1% in despair. In the comparison between the analyzed variables during the pre and post tests, the results were as follows: anxiety (p = 0.002), depression (p = 0.001), hopelessness (p = 0.03). Conclusions: The achievement of a pulmonary rehabilitation program has proven effective to reduce levels of anxiety, depression and hopelessness in patients with COPD.

Palavras-chave : Anxiety; Depression; Hopelessness; COPD.

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