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BACKGROUND The lack of routine depression screening among the haemodialysis (HD) population may contribute to depression being under-recognised. While screening patients could be beneficial, the optimum screening procedure remains unclear. One method would be to screen HD patients while they receive their treatment. The purpose of this investigation was to(More)
BACKGROUND Committed action is a relatively understudied facet of the psychological flexibility model but a potentially important process of overt behaviour in relation to chronic pain. In this study, we take a previously developed measure of committed action, the Committed Action Questionnaire (CAQ), and validate a shorter version. METHODS A total of 664(More)
Illness perceptions refer to organized beliefs surrounding the symptoms, consequences, time course, controllability, and causes of an illness. Illness perceptions have been shown to predict a range of psychosocial and clinical outcomes in patients with ESRD including depression, nonadherence, and even survival. Accordingly, personal illness beliefs are(More)
BACKGROUND Illness perceptions have been shown to be important determinants of functional and psychosocial outcomes, including quality of life and treatment adherence in end-stage renal disease patients. The aim of this prospective study was to determine whether haemodialysis patients' illness perceptions impact upon survival. METHODS Haemodialysis(More)
BACKGROUND Depression in the dialysis population is common, but trajectories of depression symptoms are unknown. PURPOSE This study aims to (1) examine whether different patterns of depression symptoms exist over the first year of dialysis and (2) to understand if illness perceptions are associated with observed trajectories of depression symptoms. (More)
Acknowledgments The authors are grateful to Professor Antonia Bifulco for her helpful comments on an earlier draft of this paper. Abstract Objective: The Vulnerable Attachment Style Questionnaire (VASQ; Bifulco, Mahon, Kwon, Moran & Jacobs, 2003) was developed to assess adult attachment as a vulnerability factor for developing depression and identified two(More)
Depression or the presence of significant depressive symptoms remains common in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). It is thought that 20-30% of ESRD patients have significant depressive symptoms, although there are issues surrounding the assessment of depression among patients with physical illness. Screening tools may be useful in this setting(More)
BACKGROUND Depression in end-stage renal disease patients is detrimental to quality of life, and is also associated with adverse clinical outcomes. The aim of this study was to examine whether depression symptoms in 'incident dialysis' patients predicted survival. METHODS One hundred and sixty incident haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis patients(More)
Depression is the most common psychopathological condition among patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), yet it is still under-recognized and misdiagnosed. Depression reduces quality of life and has a negative clinical impact upon sufferers with chronic illness, including ESRD. This article discusses the negative effects of depression among the ESRD(More)
BACKGROUND Depression is common in chronic physical illness, including renal graft recipients. There is evidence that depression is an independent marker of poorer prognosis in dialysis patients. In the UK, screening is advocated by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines, and validated screening tools exist, such as the Beck(More)