Are there psychosocial benefits to choosing home hemodialysis?
Patients along with their care partner who choose home dialysis modalities have greater autonomy over their treatments.
Patients do not have to travel 3 times a week and adhere to a strict in-center dialysis schedule.
Patients on home dialysis have greater flexibility with work and lifestyle schedule.
Depression has been found to be significantly less prevalent in patients undergoing home hemodialysis (8%) versus in-center hemodialysis patients (42.3%).
In comparison, patients receiving short-daily in-center HD in the FHN trial did not experience an improvement in depression.