Patients with a chronic disease can develop depression and/or uremia which present with similar symptoms. However, if you are an End Stage Renal Disease patient, the consequences for both can be serious.

Discover how clinicians from all settings can help transition patients from one care pattern to another by easily identifying behavioral health issues that may present as other conditions.

Listen to a joint atom Alliance and End State Renal Networks (ESRD) Networks 10 and 12 discussion about depression versus uremia and care transition as it applies to patients newly diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

Why is this important?

  • Patients are crossing-over care settings and transitioning to new forms of care needs.
  • The need to establish consistency and communication between care settings.
  • Both the QIO and ESRD Networks are focusing on Behavioral Health issues.
  • Clinical education is key to identifying and assisting patients with behavioral health conditions.
  • Transition of care is complicated for all involved in a patient’s care.

Eboni Winford, Cherokee Health Systems
Amy Weissman-Hunt, Fresenius Kidney Care