Exercise training and depression in ESRD: A review

Georgia I. Mitrou, Stefania S. Grigoriou, Evi Konstantopoulou, Paraskevi Theofilou, Christoforos D. Giannaki, Ioannis Stefanidis, Christina Karatzaferi, Giorgos K. Sakkas

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Depression, a mental disorder with a high personal, societal, and economic impact, affects at least 20-30% of patients receiving hemodialysis therapy. It is associated with a high mortality rate, low adherence to medication, and a low perceived quality of life. Exercise training is a promising nonpharmacological intervention that can be safely applied to these patients. Beyond the well-publicized physiological benefits of exercise training, a number of studies have focused on the effects of exercise training on mental factors and quality of life parameters including its less appreciated effects on depression symptoms. This evidence-based review article reviews and discusses the effects of exercise training on depression in end-stage renal disease patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)604-613
Number of pages10
JournalSeminars in Dialysis
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013


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