Anxiety in Patients with Respiratory Disease
Anxiety is a significant problem for many patients with respiratory disease and can have a very negative impact on the disease course and prognosis. Practice nurses have an important role to play in identifying anxiety and referring patients for appropriate treatment. This article will focus on anxiety in such patients and aims to help you understand what anxiety is, how anxiety affects patients, how to recognise symptoms of anxiety and how to use the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. A second article, to be published in the next issue, will focus on management of anxiety.