The Journal of Nephraology Social Work
This study tested the feasibility and effectiveness of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) in alleviating symptoms of depression and improving quality of life for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Four ESRD patients in the experimental group attended four weeks of classes using CDs and group discussion to gain CBT skills, and six patients in the control group listened to the same CDs. While there were no significant changes in participants’ depression or quality of life scores, patients expressed personal benefits from group interaction and from the information they received. Due to the many barriers to attending group classes for this population, it may be more advantageous to listen to the information while at dialysis and discuss with a social worker.
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Wardian, Jana L. PhD and Sun, Fei, "Treating Depression Among End-Stage Renal Disease Patients: Lessons Learned from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Classes" (2011). Journal Articles: Hospital Medicine. 25.