Journal of Midwifery and Health Sciences
Research Article

Does Tunneled Catheter Affect Depression and Anxiety in Hemodialysis Patients?


Department of Nephrology, Atatürk University, Faculty of Medicine, Erzurum, Turkey


Department of Medical Biology, Atatürk University, Faculty of Medicine, Erzurum, Turkey


Department of Nephrology, T.C. Ministry of Health University of Health SciencesBursa Special Education and Research Hospital, Bursa, Turkey


Department of Nephrology, University Health Sciences , Erzurum Regional Training and Research Hospital, Erzurum, Turkey


Department of Psychiatry, Atatürk University, Faculty of Medicine, Erzurum, Turkey

Journal of Midwifery and Health Sciences 2023; 6: 1-6
DOI: 10.5152/JMHS.2022.223160
Read: 1890 Downloads: 405 Published: 01 April 2023

Objective: Hemodialysis is the most common renal replacement therapy for end-stage renal disease. The incidence of depression and anxiety in hemodialysis patients was found to be higher than in the normal population.

Methods: One hundred sixty-six hemodialysis patients without neurological disease were included in the study. Beck Depression and Beck Anxiety Inventory questionnaires were answered by the patients. The groups who entered hemodialysis with arteriovenous fistula and those who entered with a tunneled catheter were compared. At the same time, the groups who were registered on the kidney transplant waiting list and those who were not registered were compared. In the present study, we aimed to compare depression and anxiety levels in hemodialysis patients.

Results: The patients who had applied to a transplantation program had statistically significantly lower anxiety scores compared to patients who did not (6–11, p = .000). The calculated anxiety score and depression score of the hemodialysis patients with fistula was statistically significantly lower than the hemodialysis patients with catheters (6–10 and 9.5–15; p = .001, p = .002, respectively).

Conclusion: According to the presented study, we speculate that the presence of tunnel catheter and lack of application to a transplantation program were significant risk factors for anxiety and depression disorder in hemodialysis patients or at least contribute to severity of the depression or anxiety disorder in hemodialysis patients.

Cite this article as: Çankaya, E., Doğan, H., Bilen, N., Başar Aykent, M., & Özcan, H. (2023). Does tunneled catheter affect depression and anxiety in hemodialysis patients? Journal of Midwifery and Health Sciences, 6(1), 1-6.

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