September 13, 2009

Validation of Depression Screening Scales in Patients With CKD

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The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the 16-item Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology-Self Report (QIDS-SR16) depression screening scales were administered to 272 consecutively recruited outpatients with stages 2 to 5 CKD not on dialysis. The study concluded that both the BDI and QIDS-SR16 are effective screening tools. A BDI score of 11 or higher was a sensitive and specific cutoff value for identifying a major depressive episode in patients with CKD not on dialysis.

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