Graduated psychosomatic treatment and quality of life in asthmatics

M. Irie, H. Kihara, C. Kubo, H. Kawamura, H. Sogawa, H. Teshima, T. Nakagawa

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We investigated the quality of life (QOL) in 72 patients with bronchial asthma who are under our gradational psychosomatic treatment (GPT) by means of an 11-item questionnaire. The results were summarized as follows: 1) Ninety-two percent of the subjects showed a good understanding of mind-body relations and modified their stressful adaptive patterns. 2) Asthmatic symptoms improved in 86 percent of the subjects. Other symptoms also improved in 72 percent of the subjects. 3) In 81 percent of the subjects, their daily life improved. Furthermore 96 percent of the subjects obtained some advantages through GPT. 4) There were various improvements in psychological states, personal relations and life style in most of the subjects. 5) The attitudes of their families toward the patients improved in 46 percent of the subjects, however 71 percent of the families developed a better understanding of the cause of asthma from the psychosomatic point of view. 6) Most of the subjects with moderate or severe symptoms were considered to have reduced the grade of severity of their symptoms from the doctor's standpoint.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-503
Number of pages7
JournalArerugī = [Allergy]
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy


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