How I Teach My Patients About Depression

CME/CE Activity

The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), an accredited provider by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation*, an accredited provider by the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and an accredited provider by the Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB) to provide continuing education to physicians, nurses/dialysis technicians, dietitians and social workers respectively. In addition, individual activities are approved on an activity specific basis for family physicians, advanced practitioners (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), pharmacists, certified case managers, certified rehabilitation counselors, and other specialties.

*Activity approvals: Prior to January 2012 through the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA); January 2012-December 2012 through the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA).

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Mar 16, 2019
The prevalence of major depressive disorder in individuals with kidney disease, specifically those on dialysis is significantly higher than the general population. Estimates range from a 25-33% prevalence rate in this population and the presence depression is associated with increased risks of premature death, hospitalization, nonadherence, and a decreased quality of life. Further, in lieu of the pharmacological burden, time constraints and other psychosocial barriers most CKD Stage 5 patients deal, traditional approaches to managing depression (antidepressants and psychotherapy) are often rejected by both patients and professionals. Thus, teaching CKD Stage 5 patients’ self- management approaches to overcoming depression is critical. This activity will describe interventions for patients with signs and symptoms of depression, identify the DSM V criteria for its diagnosis, and identify best practices for educating patients about depression.  
Approved for: 1.5 **
Faculty: Mark Meier, MSW, LICSW
Cost: Free for NKF Members / $25 for non-members