The Global Burden of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Exploring the Social and Psychological Dimensions


  • Syeda Shehreen Zara Department of Applied Psychology, Riphah University, Islamabad Pakistan Author
  • Javeria Malik Department of Applied Psychology, Riphah University, Islamabad Pakistan Author
  • Maryam Raza Department of Applied Psychology, Riphah University, Islamabad Pakistan Author



depression, suicidal idea, smoking, quality of life


Millions worldwide suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a progressive and debilitating respiratory condition. Beyond its physical symptoms, COPD has significant social and psychological repercussions. This research examines the connections between smoking, depression, suicidal ideation, and the quality of life (QOL) in COPD patients. By analyzing these variables, we aim to enhance the understanding of the challenges faced by individuals with COPD and inform healthcare strategies and public policy. Using a purposive sampling technique, the study employed the PHQ-9 (Patient Health Questionnaire-9), Suicidal Ideation Attribute Scale, and WHOQOL-BREF (World Health Organization Quality of Life-BREF) to collect data. The results revealed a significant negative correlation between depression and quality of life (r = -.475**). Smoking was positively correlated with the severity of COPD as diagnosed by doctors (r = .542**). A longer duration of COPD was associated with a lower quality of life (r = -.268*). The study also found that males (m = 23.15, Sd = 9.5) exhibited a higher prevalence of suicidal ideation compared to females (t = 3.38, p = .001, m = 16.06, Sd = 9.26). Additionally, the age of individuals with COPD positively correlated with disease severity (r = .268) and duration of illness (r = .457**). These findings highlight the need for comprehensive healthcare approaches addressing both the physical and psychosocial dimensions of COPD, guiding public policy and healthcare regulations to better support affected individuals. 


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Zara, S. S., Malik, J., & Raza, M. (2024). The Global Burden of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Exploring the Social and Psychological Dimensions. Journalism, Politics and Society, 2(02), 128-141.

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