Social adaptability and substance abuse: Predictors of depression among hemodialysis patients?


Several aspects linked to social are involved in the onset of depressive feelings. We aimed to find out if social adaptability and substance abuse predict depression among end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing hemodialysis (HD).

Methods: We included 145 ESRD patients undergoing HD.

Social adaptability was estimated by the Social Adaptability Index (SAI). Substance abuse was defined according to SAI.

We screened for depression by applying the 20-item version of the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. A score >= 24 classified the patients as depressed.

Comparisons between depressed and non-depressed patients were carried out and logistic regression was performed to test gender, age, total SAI, SAI without the substance abuse item, only the substance abuse score and substance abuse as a categorical variable (yes/no) as predictors of depression.

Results: There were 36 (24.8%) depressed patients. There were no differences regarding demographic and laboratory data between the depressed and non-depressed patients.

Mean SAI among depressed and non-depressed patients was, respectively, 6.1 +/- 1.6 vs. 6.2 +/- 1.9 (p=0.901).

The percentage of patients with or without substance abuse among depressed patients was, respectively, 13.8% vs. 13.9% (p=1.000).

Gender, age, total SAI, SAI without the substance abuse item, only the substance abuse score and substance abuse as a categorical variable did not predict depression.

Conclusions: Social adaptability and substance abuse did not predict depression in HD patients. We propose that aspects related to socioeconomic status not comprised in SAI items should be ruled out as predictors of depression.

Author: Paulo Roberto SantosFrancisco Plácido Arcanjo
Credits/Source: BMC Nephrology 2013, 14:12



Published on: 2013-01-15

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