Does dialysis adequacy impact on the quality of life of end-stage renal disease patients?

Colin R. Martin, David, R. Thompson

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Abstract

The relationship between quality of life and adequacy of dialysis is unclear, despite being an important clinical issue. Indeed, no studies have examined this relationship in a UK population. In this study, 24 adequately dialysed and 24 inadequately dialysed renal patients were compared on self-report measures of quality of life (Kidney Disease Quality of Life instrument and Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale). On two sub-scale measures of the KDQOL instrument, role - physical and pain and against the predicted direction, inadequately dialysed patients were found to have a better quality of life than adequately dialysed patients. The premise that better dialysis adequacy is associated with a greater quality of life was not supported. Moreover, evidence was found to suggest that the crucial issue in obtaining an optimal quality of life is the process of adaptation and acceptance of chronic illness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-65
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Effectiveness in Nursing
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2001

Keywords

  • Dialysis adequacy
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine(all)

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