"First-Of-Its-Kind Research Examines Relationship Between Asthma Rates, Disease Control And Depression"
Asthma is underdiagnosed and undertreated in older Americans, leading to poor outcomes. Older asthma patients who also suffer from depression have double the rates of hospitalization than those without depression. Physician-researchers from Mount Sinai Health System, and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, are launching a first-of-its-kind study to examine the relationships between asthma-related inflammation, adherence to treatment, and major depression in older adults, with the goal of improving care and quality of life for this vulnerable population. “Asthma in older patients is largely understudied and a major unmet medical need,” said Paula Busse, MD, FAAAAI, associate professor of medicine and clinical immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. “We have put together a multidisciplinary team of experts in psychology, behavioral medicine, chronic disease self-management, and inflammation to disentangle the mechanisms underlying the relationship between depression and worse asthma outcomes,” said Juan Wisnivesky, MD, DrPH, professor of medicine and general internal medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
— Paula J. Busse, MD, Associate Professor, Medicine, Clinical Immunology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
— Juan Wisnivesky, MD, DrPH, Professor, Medicine, General Internal Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai