Depression in dialysis patients: a review of psychological factors

Can J Psychiatry. 1986 Jun;31(5):445-51. doi: 10.1177/070674378603100513.


A review of the literature reveals that the incidence and prevalence of depression among dialysis patients is unknown but that estimates may vary from 20 to 50 percent. Diagnostic and methodological problems related to the population are examined and the notion that depression in this population may represent a qualitatively different entity, is evaluated. Finally, several theoretical models of depression are described and their particular relevance to depression among dialysis patients is discussed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Behaviorism
  • Conflict, Psychological
  • Depression / epidemiology*
  • Depression / etiology
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology*
  • Depressive Disorder / etiology
  • Electroencephalography
  • Humans
  • Internal-External Control
  • MMPI
  • Models, Psychological
  • Personality Inventory
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Renal Dialysis / psychology*
  • Sleep, REM / physiology
  • Suicide / epidemiology