Edmondson, D., Gamboa, C., Cohen, A. et al. (2013). Association of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression with All-Cause and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality and Hospitalization among Hurricane Katrina Survivors with End-Stage Renal Disease. American Journal of Public Health. 103(4): e130-7.
The authors discuss their study findings, one of which is a positive association between psychiatric symptoms in the year after Hurricane Katrina and hospitalization and mortality in patients with end-stage renal disease. While not specific to dialysis, program managers should be aware of the potential impact and consider screening patients post-disaster.