Treatment for depression must go hand-in-hand with rehabilitation

Man with COPD"Depression interferes with COPD treatment, so it may be particularly important for those with COPD and depression to receive adequate depression treatment"

-Dr. Andrew Busch, Ph.D., of The Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital

Depression is challenging to measure and even harder to treat.  But the reality is that across the spectrum of care, depression is an enormous risk factor and barrier to successful rehabilitation.  A study by The Miriam Hospital found that depression predicts early mortality in COPD patients, and that women who are depressed are at particularly high risk of abandoning rehabilitation early.

At QMedic, we are working with Northwestern Hospital on similar research with patients in cancer rehabilitation, and the wisdom of The Miriam Hospital study resonates.  

Although mental health is still poorly understood in its own right, its implications on broader patient health appear far-reaching.  For healthcare innovators, clinicians, and policy makers, the evidence suggests that treatment of physical symptoms must go hand-in-hand with treatment for depression.