Date of Award

12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

First Advisor

Frances Sparti

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of participation in a pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) program on depressions scores in persons with COPD and if there is a difference between males and females in depression scores prior to and following participation in a pulmonary rehabilitation program. The literature review supported multiple factors on how participating in a pulmonary rehabilitation program can have a positive effect on depression scores. The study utilized a descriptive design with a retrospective chart review. The quantitative descriptive design identified variables and examined the differences in males and females with COPD using pre- and post-depression scores from the PHQ 9 questionnaire currently utilized in the pulmonary rehabilitation center. The research was guided by Virginia Henderson’s framework for nursing need theory. The data did show a significant difference between males and females in none to mild depression level. Males and female scores in the moderate to severe level of depression revealed no significant differences. Keywords: males, females, depression scores, pulmonary, rehabilitation, COPD, depression, PHQ-9 questionnaire and education.

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