Quality of Life and Depression Among Mexican Americans on Hemodialysis: A Preliminary Report

Subrata Debnath, Jason O'Connor, Claudia Hura, Balakuntalam Kasinath, Carlos Lorenzo

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Health-related quality of life (QOL) and depression burden of Mexican Americans with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are not known. This observational cross-sectional study assessed QOL and depression and examined their inter-relatedness in Mexican Americans with type 2 diabetes and ESRD on maintenance hemodialysis (HD) treatment. Prevalent Mexican Americans on HD (N = 40) completed the Kidney Disease Quality of Life-Short Form (KDQOL-SF) and the Beck Depression Inventory II. The overall median scores for the mental component summary and the physical component summary scales in the KDQOL-SF were 40.9 and 34.0, respectively. The prevalence of severe depression was 40%. The most significant differences between depressed and non-depressed groups were symptom/problem list, cognitive function, and emotional well- being (P < 0.0001 for all). Mexican Americans with depression endure a more dismal QOL compared to non-depressed peers. Significant negative correlations between depression and several QOL scales underscore plausible interactions between the two conditions which warrants further evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-170
Number of pages5
JournalTherapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2018


  • Depression
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Hemodialysis
  • Mexican Americans
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Hematology


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