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Technology-based positive psychology exercises improve quality of life in kidney dialysis patients

 10 months ago       121 Views

Kidney dialysis patients who engage in technology-based positive psychology exercises during their treatments may significantly improve their depressive symptoms and quality of life, a new study found.

Patients with depression who used tablet computers to complete brief positive psychology exercises online several times a week scored lower on depressive symptoms and reported that they felt better able to cope with their kidney disease by the end of the five-week pilot study, led by University of Illinois social work professor Rosalba Hernandez.

The 20-30-minute modules explored topics such as identifying and building on one's personal strengths, cultivating gratitude and using positive reappraisal to reinterpret events.

In the first module each week, patients were introduced to a new skill and on subsequent days practiced that skill or made plans to incorporate it into their daily life.


Source: news-medical.net

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