Depression Ups Risk for Kidney Patients

DALLAS, May 20 (UPI) — U.S. researchers say complications may be more likely in kidney disease patients diagnosed with depression than among other kidney patients.

Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas find long-term hospitalization, long-term dialysis treatment or dying within the year were twice as likely to occur in chronic kidney disease patients diagnosed with depression as in patients without depression.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, concluded chronic kidney disease patients with depression are more likely to have poorer health outcomes than those without depression — even after adjusting for age, race and other current medical conditions.

“Clinicians should consider screening chronic kidney disease patients for depression, especially since depression is also associated with poor quality of life,” study lead author Dr. Susan Hedayati says in a statement.

Hedayati and colleagues monitored 267 chronic kidney patients for one year. All were military veterans; all but two ere male; the mean age was 65 and slightly more than half were Caucasian. Fifty-six of the patients were diagnosed with a current major depressive episode.

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