Polly Hitchcock Noel

Associate Professor and Research at University of Texas Health Science Center

8300 Floyd Curl Dr, San Antonio, Texas, United States
University of Texas Health Science Center
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Last Updated 8/9/2017

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Research  - Department of Veterans Affairs



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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….

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2009 Annual Research Meeting | June 28-30 | Chicago, IL

Polly Hitchcock Noel, Department of Veterans Affairs, San Antonio and University of Texas Health Science Center

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With Sickness Often Comes Depression

"Depression can have a devastating impact on general functioning and quality of life," Polly Hitchcock Noël, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, told HealthDay. However, depression is treatable, she said, "and treatment may have the potential to improve quality of life and overall functioning -- despite the presence of other chronic illness."Noël authored a study on the topic, first published last year in the Annals of Family Medicine.The severity of depression was the only factor that seemed to affect each of the other criteria, Noël noted."Eight of the illnesses were more associated with physical activity [limitation] than depression," she said."However, depression made a larger contribution to mental health function, disability and quality of life than the other medical variables."Although depression treatment has been shown to improve overall health and well-being, Noël said, primary-care doctors often don't recognize depression in their elderly patients."Even when it is recognized, it often receives suboptimal treatment," she added.SOURCES: HealthDay News; Polly Hitchcock Noël, Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; Jeffrey M. Lyness, M.D., director, Program in Geriatrics and Neuropsychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.; November/December 2004 Annals of Family Medicine; American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (www.aagpgpa.org)

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