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Pre-ESRD Depression and Post-ESRD Mortality in Patients with Advanced CKD Transitioning to Dialysis.

  • Author(s): Molnar, Miklos Z
  • Streja, Elani
  • Sumida, Keiichi
  • Soohoo, Melissa
  • Ravel, Vanessa A
  • Gaipov, Abduzhappar
  • Potukuchi, Praveen K
  • Thomas, Fridtjof
  • Rhee, Connie M
  • Lu, Jun Ling
  • Kalantar-Zadeh, Kamyar
  • Kovesdy, Csaba P
  • et al.

Depression in patients with nondialysis-dependent CKD is often undiagnosed, empirically overlooked, and associated with higher risk of death, progression to ESRD, and hospitalization. However, there is a paucity of evidence on the association between the presence of depression in patients with advanced nondialysis-dependent CKD and post-ESRD mortality, particularly among those in the transition period from late-stage nondialysis-dependent CKD to maintenance dialysis.From a nation-wide cohort of 45,076 United States veterans who transitioned to ESRD over 4 contemporary years (November of 2007 to September of 2011), we identified 10,454 (23%) patients with a depression diagnosis during the predialysis period. We examined the association of pre-ESRD depression with all-cause mortality after transition to dialysis using Cox proportional hazards models adjusted for sociodemographics, comorbidities, and medications.Patients were 72±11 years old (mean±SD) and included 95% men, 66% patients with diabetes, and 23% blacks. The crude mortality rate was similar in patients with depression (289/1000 patient-years; 95% confidence interval, 282 to 297) versus patients without depression (286/1000 patient-years; 95% confidence interval, 282 to 290). Compared with patients without depression, patients with depression had a 6% higher all-cause mortality risk in the adjusted model (hazard ratio, 1.06; 95% confidence interval, 1.03 to 1.09). Similar results were found across all selected subgroups as well as in sensitivity analyses using alternate definitions of depression.Pre-ESRD depression has a weak association with post-ESRD mortality in veterans transitioning to dialysis.

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