Assessment of emotional distress in chronic kidney disease patients and kidney transplant recipients

Lorena N. González-De-Jesús, Sofía Sánchez-Román, Luis E. Morales-Buenrostro, Feggy Ostrosky-Solís, Josefina Alberú, Guillermo García-Ramos, Lluvia A. Marino-Vázquez, Shawn M. McClintock

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Objective. To assess the presence of emotional distress in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and the effect of kidney transplant on these symptoms. Material and methods. This was a two-part study. Part one was cross-sectional, observational, and descriptive, where 75 patients with CKD were evaluated for emotional distress with the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HAD) and the Symptom Checklist 90 (SCL-90). In part two, we longitudinally followed 19% of the study cohort to examine symptomatological changes after their kidney transplantation. Results. The results of the HAD indicated that 30.7% of the study cohort with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) showed anxious symptoms, and 25.3% showed depressive symptoms. The change in the HAD total score before and after kidney transplant was not significant. However, a significant decrease in total score on the SCL-90 was observed before and after transplantation. Conclusion. Improvement on emotional distress was found after kidney transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)558-563
Number of pages6
JournalRevista de Investigacion Clinica
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2011


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Emotional distress
  • Kidney transplant
  • Renal failure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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