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Dr. Polly Hitchcock Noel

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Associate Professor and Research

University of Texas Health Science Center
7703 Floyd Curl Drive Mail Code 7776
San Antonio , Texas 78229
United States

Company Description: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in...   more

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  • LSU
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SWSOL - 5 - News - Depression Strikes Hard at Ill Seniors, 3 Dec 2004 [cached]
"Depression can have a devastating impact on general functioning and quality of life," said study author Polly Hitchcock Noël, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio."Depression is a treatable disease; and treatment may have the potential to improve quality of life and overall functioning, despite the presence of other chronic illnesses.
"In our study, we looked at four measures of health status, including disability, quality of life, mental functioning, and general health functioning," Noël explained.The severity of depression was the only thing that was significantly associated with all the health status outcomes, she said.
Noël's team collected data on 1,801 patients aged 60 and older who were diagnosed with major depression.These patients also had other diseases, including chronic lung disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, chronic pain, gastrointestinal disease, and urinary or prostate disease.
"Eight of the illnesses were more associated with physical activity than depression," Noël said."However, depression made a larger contribution to mental health function, disability, and quality of life than the other medical variables."
Based on her study and others, Noël believes that depression contributes to general quality of life, disability, and mental functioning."Treatment for depression has the potential to greatly impact overall health outcomes for primary-care patients over and above the relief of medical symptoms," she said.
Noël's team found that patients who received treatment for depression showed an improvement in quality of life and were less impaired and less debilitated, compared with patients who did not receive treatment.
According to Noël, a problem that exists throughout the United States is that depression is not often recognized by primary-care providers."Even when it is recognized, it often receives suboptimal treatment," Noël added.
Psychology Training Staff, 15 June 2004 [cached]
Dr. Noel joined our psychology staff after completing a postdoctoral fellowship with us in health psychology.She is a graduate of LSU's Clinical Psychology doctoral program and the Brown University Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium.She has published widely on psychological aspects of hemodialysis, smoking cessation, diabetes, and hypochondriasis.She was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Texas A&M University where she taught graduate courses in psychotherapy and minority, sexual orientation, and gender issues.Currently, she is the Associate Director of our medical center's $5 million HSR&D center of excellence, the VERDICT.Residents and interns can work with Dr. Noel in VERDICT-sponsored research projects.
2009 Annual Research Meeting | June 28-30 | Chicago, IL, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Polly Hitchcock Noel, Department of Veterans Affairs, San Antonio and University of Texas Health Science Center
Polly Hitchcock-Noël, PhD, ..., 14 Mar 2008 [cached]
Polly Hitchcock-Noël, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center: "Offering patients a choice of treatment was so unusual in terms of depression research that it hooked me into wanting to be part of the study….
Los Gatos Weekly-Times | 0501 | January 5, 2005, 5 Jan 2005 [cached]
"Depression can have a devastating impact on general functioning and quality of life," says Polly Hitchcock Noel, assistant professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.She is also the author of a recent study in 1,801 patients that concluded that patients who received treatment for depression were less impaired or debilitated by their accompanying illnesses (cancer, diabetes, arthritis, etc.).
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