Antidepressant treatment of caregivers of children with asthma

E. Sherwood Brown, Vanthaya Gan, Jala Jeffress, Beatrice L. Wood, Bruce D. Miller, David A. Khan

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Abstract

Background: Depression is common in caregivers of children with asthma and is associated with increased emergency service utilization for the child's asthma. Objective: This pilot study examined the impact of antidepressant treatment of depressed caregivers on the caregiver's depression and the child's asthma. Method: Eight depressed caregivers of children with asthma were given up to 6 months of algorithm-based antidepressant therapy. Results: Caregiver depressive symptoms and the child's asthma symptoms improved significantly. Conclusion: Unscheduled clinic visits showed a trend toward significant decrease. Larger trials are needed to confirm these findings and identify mechanisms linking improvement in caregiver depression with improvement in their child's asthma. (Psychosomatics 2008; 49:420-425)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-425
Number of pages6
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume49
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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