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Stress associated with hospitalization in patients with COPD: the role of social support and health related quality of life

Magdalena Medinas-Amorós1*, Juan José Montaño-Moreno2, Maria José Centeno-Flores3, Victoria Ferrer-Pérez2, Feliu Renom-Sotorra4, Belen Martín-López2 and Catalina Alorda-Quetglas2

Author Affiliations

1 Psychology Department, Joan March Hospital, Ib-Salut, Cra. Palma-Soller Km.12.5. Bunyola, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain, CP: 07193

2 Psychology Department, University of the Balearic Islands, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

3 Department of Respiratory Nursing, Joan March Hospital, Ib-Salut, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

4 Department of Respiratory Medicine, Joan March Hospital, Ib-Salut, Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain

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Multidisciplinary Respiratory Medicine 2012, 7:51  doi:10.1186/2049-6958-7-51

Published: 10 December 2012



The objective of this study was to determine stress levels during hospitalization in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). We wanted to relate stress to previous level of quality of life and patients’ Social Support.


80 patients (70.43; SD = 8.13 years old) with COPD were assessed by means of: Hospital Stress Rating Scale, Nottingham Health Profile, St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire and Social Support Scale.


COPD patients’ stress levels are lower than expected independently from the severity or number of previous hospitalizations. Linear regression analysis shows the predictive value of Quality of Life and Social Support on stress level during hospitalization (p < 0.0001).


HRQOL and social support can be associated with stress during hospitalization.

Hospitalization; Quality of Life; Social Support; Stress