Haynes, T.; Barton, Everard N.; Hickling, Frederick W.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Community Health and Psychiatry
The Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety among End Stage Renal Patients Treated with Haemodialysis at the University Hospital of the West Indies. [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
53 Suppl. 2
The prevalence of depression and anxiety among end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients treated with haemodialysis is reported to be as high as forty per cent among patients in the United States of America (USA). Poor outcome is associated with high prevalence of depression among patients with ESRD. The objective of this study is to evaluate the prevalence rate of depression and anxiety among patients receiving haemodialysis in the renal unit of the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). The results show that depressive symptoms are very common in end stage renal disease patients treated with haemodialysis. Specific characteristics are associated with a greater burden of depressive symptoms. This high prevalence rate is indicative of the critical need for psychotherapeutic and psychiatric inclusion in engendering and enhancing holistic treatment of chronic renal failure patients at the UHWI. (AU)....