ED Use in COPD Linked to Depression, Loneliness

Veronica Hackethal, MD

Findings: COPD patients who are lonely and depressed are at increased risk for ED use and hospital admission. Even mild depression is a risk factor.

Many individuals with COPD also suffer from depression and anxiety, which can interfere with self-care and adherence to medication regimens. That, in turn, may worsen outcomes including more frequent exacerbations, increased hospital admissions, and increased mortality. Symptoms of COPD, like fatigue and breathlessness, can also limit mobility and contribute to social isolation and loneliness.