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Daily Hemodialysis Improves Depression, Recovery Time

Posted in News, NxStage, Home Dialysis, Home Hemodialysis, National Kidney Foundation (NKF), American Journal Of Kidney Diseases (AJKD), Clinical & Pharma, Practice Management

NEW YORK—Patients who transitioned from in-center to daily home dialysis regimens experienced significant improvements in depressive symptoms and post-dialysis recovery times, according to a new report published in the Sept. 1 American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

Patients who made the switch from the normal, thrice weekly in-center treatment regimen to a daily schedule, defined as six times per week, reported more than a 30 percent decline in depressive symptoms and an 87 percent drop in post-dialysis recovery time over a 12-month period.

The research team assessed 128 patients making the treatment regimen switch. Patients were assessed upon enrollment and then again four months and 12 months afterward. The average training period to complete the transition was 27 days

“Depression and post-dialysis fatigue are important concerns for patients with kidney failure,” said Kerry Willis, PhD, National Kidney Foundation’s senior vice president of Scientific Activities. “These findings suggest that increasing the number of times a patient dialyzes can improve their quality of life, which has been linked to fewer trips to the hospital and a lower mortality rate.”


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