Frequency of depression in patients with Bronchial Asthma

Amir Suleman, Zafar Iqbal, Raza Ullah, Saif Ullah, Hamid Nisar Khan, Shahida Naz



Bronchial asthma is a common chronic illness that affects more than 300 million people worldwide and is considered the fourth commonest disease in adults in the United States. Bronchial asthma is diagnosed on the  basis of episodic symptoms of airflow obstruction and objective measurement of lung function. The prevalence of depression has been estimated to be up to 50% among the general population and even higher among bronchial asthmatics. The purpose of this study was to determine the frequency of depression in patients with bronchial asthma.


This descriptive cross sectional study was conducted in the department of pulmonology ward Ayub Teaching Hospital, Abbottabad- Pakistan from November 2017 to April 2018. All patients of either gender, diagnosed with bronchial asthma, irrespective of duration of disease and 18 to 60 years of age were included in the study. Patients with substance abuse, prior history of psychiatric illness and co-morbidities like COPD, stroke, chronic renal failure and heart failure were excluded. Sample size was calculated by using WHO software assuming 32.5% frequency of Depression in Bronchial asthma2 with Confidence level95%and8%margin of error.


Out of 132 patients, 62% patients were male while 38% patients female. Mean age was 42 years with SD ± 12.771. 40% of patients were found to be suffering from depression.


Our study concludes that depression is more prevalent in bronchial asthma patients.


Depression; Bronchial Asthma; Ayub Medical College

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