APA promotes well-being while living with kidney disease
Some 45 percent of people who receive dialysis have suffered an
anxiety disorder, and 20 percent have suffered major depression.
To help patients, families and health-care providers deal with the
emotional aspects of living with kidney disease, APA has produced patient
educational resources with Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC), an advocacy
group of 30,000 dialysis and predialysis patients.
The joint effort is part of APA’s Mind/Body Health Public
Information Campaign, which educates the public about the
connection between psychological and physical health.
Additional partnership activities include a webinar as well as a
handout for health providers working with dialysis patients. The
webinar covers such topics as recognizing the emotional side
effects of life changes and how to cope with the extensive self-care that staying well requires. The webinar originally debuted
as a pilot project in September 2014 at regional meetings
around the country for patients and their families.
The patient handout focuses on handling stress and
identifying when to seek help from psychologists. For clinicians,
the resources discuss strategies on communicating with patients
and spotting signs that they may be struggling with mental illness.
The handouts are being distributed at more than 9,000 dialysis
“Through this partnership with DPC, we are helping consumers
understand how psychology can help with issues related to managing or even
preventing chronic disease,” says APA’s Luana Bossolo, associate executive
director of public relations for the Practice Directorate.
— Stacy Lu
Changes to the rules and procedures of APA’s Ethics Committee
The Rules and Procedures of the Ethics Committee have been
amended to increase the efficiency of the adjudication
process for ethics matters by simplifying several procedural
requirements. At its December meeting, APA’s Board of
Directors voted to approve minor changes recommended by the
The changes provide that the Ethics Committee will:
• Rely on a member’s address in the membership records
when providing notice to a member of ethics matters without
publishing a notice in a newspaper requesting the member
contact the Ethics Office or searching for new addresses for the
member if no response is received to the initial letter from the
• Consider an “Alford” and “nolo contendere” plea as
equivalent to a felony conviction for the rules related to APA
• Accept an affidavit of resignation from a member involved
in an ethics matter without requiring that the member use a
notary public to notarize the affidavit, which can be logistically
difficult and costly.
These amendments become effective on March 1, but will
not be applied to members currently under ethics investigation
if applying them would adversely affect the member’s rights
during the ethics process. In those instances, the Rules and
Procedures in effect at the time the member came under the
scrutiny of the Ethics Committee will be applied. Members are
reminded to keep their address current with APA’s Membership
For more information on these changes, go to www.apa.org/