OBJECTIVES: In an attempt to control the new coronavirus pandemic, many countries have taken unprecedented measures, such as extensive social distancing and total lockdowns of cities . Kidney transplant recipients have an increased risk for infectious diseases, including viral infections . In this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of population-wide infection control measures on the mood statuses of kidney transplant recipients . MATERIALS AND
METHODS: We used an electronic survey tool to collect demographic and sociocultural data . Additionally, in the same survey, we used 2 questionnaires (the Profile of Mood States and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale) to measure mood statuses of kidney transplant recipients . We also examined a control group and selected eligible participants according to age- and sex-based propensity score matching .
RESULTS: We analyzed the data of 308 participants: 154 kidney transplant recipients (mean age of 39.9 ± 10.6 years; 57.1% male) and 154 control participants (mean age of 39.1 ± 10.5; 57.1% male). With regard to the Profile of Mood States questionnaire, total scores and all subscale scores, excluding vigor, were significantly lower in kidney transplant recipients than in the control group, a finding consistent with a better mood status . We found similar findings in anxiety and depression scores for the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale questionnaire .
CONCLUSIONS: Kidney transplant recipients seem to be resilient to the psychological stress induced by social distancing and lockdown periods . Strict adherence to infection control measures is purposefully suggested in this infection-prone population.