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Semin Dial. 2013 Sep-Oct;26(5):604-13. doi: 10.1111/sdi.12112. Epub 2013 Jul 9.

Exercise training and depression in ESRD: a review.

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  • 1Department of PE and Sport Science, University of Thessaly, Trikala, Greece.


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.

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