Researchers of a published study found a high prevalence of both depressive symptoms and dietary non-adherence in patients on hemodialysis and further observed a significant association between symptoms of depression and likelihood of not adhering to dietary recommendations.
“Extant research has found that depression is the most common mental comorbidity among ESRD patients, although prevalence rates vary widely across studies ranging from 20% to 90%,” Mignote Hailu Gebrie, BSN, MSN, of the University of Gondar in Ethiopia, and Jodi Ford, MSN, PhD, of Ohio State University, wrote. “Depressive symptoms also have been found to be associated with low adherence to prescribed dialysis treatments, including dietic recommendations that may result in increased morbidity and mortality. Despite these findings, depression remains underdiagnosed and understudied in ESRD patients.”
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