The Role of Psycho-Social Stresses in Bronchial Asthma
Asthma is one of the commonest causes of disability in adults, affecting 2-3% of the population in the U.K. However, the pathogenesis is not fully understood and is certainly multifactorial. The role of beta-adrenergic receptors, mediator release, vagal stimulation, etc. has been extensively researched but what is the role of the psyche and individuals reactions to stress? These may alter the perception of asthma and lead to inappropriate use of standard asthma therapy. We describe a technique for studying the perception of asthma and how the perception of asthma may be affected by psychological status, including responses to stress, and by drugs.
KeywordsPeak Flow Vagal Stimulation Peak Expiratory Flow Rate Diary Card Level Defence
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