Depression in Dialysis Patients

In 2022, the Forum received a grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to disseminate Evidence Updates related to the ASCEND Study, “Cognitive Behavioral Therapy versus Sertraline for Depression in Patients with Kidney Failure Receiving Hemodialysis,” also funded by PCORI. Here are the activities undertaken by the Forum to disseminate the Evidence Updates:

Webinar (January 5, 2023)
"Perspectives: Treating Depression in Dialysis Patients" (MP4)
Webinar Slide Deck (including resources)
Webinar Q&A

Podcast (in conjunction with NKF):
Depression and Dialysis- Reviewing the ASCEND Study (CEs available)

Patient-perspective Article
"How Do the ASCEND Study Findings Help Us as Dialysis Patients?"
Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, April 18, 2023

To learn more about the ASCEND study, you can download the Evidence Updates from the PCORI website:
For Clinicians:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy versus Sertraline for Depression in Patients with Kidney Failure Receiving Hemodialysis
For Patients:
Treating Depression When You’re on Dialysis

To learn more about treating depression in dialysis patients, download this toolkit:
KPAC Dialysis Patient Depression Toolkit


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