Feb 15, 2019
Approved for: 1.5 **
This activity will provide required education to clinicians about how to implement depression screening tools and policies in the dialysis clinics.
Depression is the most common psychological disorder in patients with ESRD. Depression causes suffering, a decrease in quality of life, and impairment in social and occupational functions; it is also associated with increased health care costs. Current estimates put the depression prevalence rate as high as 20 percent to 25 percent in patients with ESRD. Studies have also shown that depression and anxiety are the most common comorbid illnesses in patients with ESRD. Moreover, depressive affect and decreased perception of social support have been associated with higher rates of mortality in the ESRD population, and some studies suggest that this association is as strong as that between medical risk factors and mortality. Nevertheless, depression and anxiety remain under-recognized and undertreated, despite the availability of reliable screening instruments.
Faculty: Thomas Lepetich, LCSW
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members