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Publications [#143800] of James A. Blumenthal

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  1. PI Parekh, JA Blumenthal, MA Babyak, K Merrill, RM Carney, RD Davis, SM Palmer, INSPIRE Investigators (2003). Psychiatric disorder and quality of life in patients awaiting lung transplantation.. Chest, 124(5), 1682-8.
    (last updated on 2013/05/16)

    OBJECTIVE: To examine the relationship between psychiatric comorbidity and quality of life in patients awaiting lung transplantation. METHODS: Duke University Medical Center/Lung Transplantation Program. METHODS: One hundred patients with end-stage pulmonary disease listed for lung transplantation. RESULTS: Twenty-five percent (n = 25) of the sample met diagnostic criteria for at least one current mood or anxiety disorder. Controlling for age, gender, ethnicity, percentage of predicted FEV, and lung disease diagnosis, patients with a current psychiatric diagnosis reported poorer general quality of life (p < 0.0001), poorer disease-specific quality of life (p < 0.0001), greater shortness of breath (p = 0.01), more symptoms of psychological distress (p < 0.0001), lower levels of social support (p < 0.0001), and fewer positive health habits (p < 0.04) than their counterparts without a psychiatric diagnosis. CONCLUSIONS: Psychiatric comorbidity affects a significant portion of patients awaiting lung transplantation and is associated with decreased health-related quality of life.

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