Screening for anxiety and depression in dialysis patients: Comparison of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and the Beck Depression Inventory
Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 06/15/2012
Preljevic VT et al. – The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Cognitive Depression Index (CDI) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) demonstrated acceptable performance as screening tools for depression, as did the HADS–A for anxiety, in the sample of dialysis patients. The recommended cut–off scores for each instrument were: ≥17 for BDI, ≥11 for CDI, ≥7 for HADS depression subscale, ≥6 for HADS anxiety subscale and ≥14 for HADS total. The CDI did not perform better than the BDI in this study. Lower cut–off for the HADS–A than recommended in medically ill patients may be considered when screening for anxiety in dialysis patients.