Desktop Helper No. 12 - COPD and Mental Health: Holistic and Practical Guidance for Primary Care

This desktop helper aims to raise awareness of the challenge of identifying and managing mental health problems in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and to direct primary care professionals (PCPs) to assessment tools as well as non-pharmacological and pharmacological interventions.


Authors: Ioanna Tsiligianni, Siân Williams

Contributor: Anna Spathis 

Reviewers: Steve Holmes, Nazim Uzzaman, Oscar Flores-Flores

Editor: Tracey Lonergan

Funding: Supported by an educational grant from Boehringer Ingelheim to support the development, typesetting, printing and associated costs but did not contribute to the content of this document 

Date published: March 2022

A live discussion - COPD and Mental Health

A filmed discussion on the topic of COPD and Mental Health.


  • Ioanna Tsiligianni, associate professor in general practice and public health, University of Crete and past president of IPCRG
  • Björn Ställberg, GP in Sweden, researcher and associate professor at the University of Uppsala
  • Catalina Panaitescu, coordinator of Romanian Primary Care Respiratory Group
  • Stephanie Taylor, professor in public health and primary care at Barcelona Medical School
  • Cláudia Vicente, GP in Portugal and responsible for GRESP, the Portuguese member of IPCRG