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Journal:   JUNDISHAPUR SCIENTIFIC MEDICAL JOURNAL   SUMMER 2007 , Volume 6 , Number 2 (53); Page(s) 147 To 152.
 
Paper:  A SURVEY ON PREVALENCE AND SEVERITY OF DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOM AMONG HEMODIALYSIS PATIENTS IN AHWAZ SINA AND GOLESTAN HOSPITALS DURING 2004-2005
 
Author(s):  NOROUZI NEJAD GH.H.*, RADAN K., HOSSEINIPOUR M.
 
* DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY, AHWAZ JUNDISHAPUR UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, AHWAZ
 
Abstract: 

Objective: Knowledge of prevalence of psychiatric disorders in any society is important for proper planning of service strategies. Chronic debilitating diseases requiring dialysis are proven to cause cognitive-emotional disorders. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and severity of depression among dialysis patients.
Subjects and Methods: Sixty patients with chronic renal failure who were under routine dialysis were the subjects of this study which was carried out over 4 weeks period. The data collected using two types of questionnaires. The first was on the social status and other was Beck depression inventory for scoring depression symptoms. The data were analyzed using SPSS and Chi square taking p<0.05 as significant.
Results: Among the 60 patients studied (23 females and 37 male), 5 patients (8.3%) had a Beck score<10 and were not depressed. Fifty five patients (91.7%) had a Beck score 11-40.
Conclusion: The data showed that the prevalence of depression was 5-6 times higher than the general population. Our results emphasize previous works that depression has a negative impact on quality of life in patients with chronic physical illnesses. We suggest that psychiatrist, psychologists and social workers should be involved in dialysis management teams. Having a consultation-liaison-psychiatry in a hospital is an unavoidable necessity.

 
Keyword(s): DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOMS, HEMODIALYSIS PATIENT, BECK TEST
 
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