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Revista Colombiana de Psiquiatría

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RESTREPO BERNAL, Diana et al. Sleep Disorders in Hemodialysis Patients. Prevalence and Clinical and Epidemiological Features. rev.colomb.psiquiatr. [online]. 2011, vol.40, n.3, pp.433-445. ISSN 0034-7450.

Introduction: Poor sleep is one of the most common complaints of patients on hemodialysis. This in turn affects the quality of life and health of those who suffer from it. Objective: To determine the prevalence of sleep disorders and related clinical and epidemiological features in adult patients with chronic kidney disease who are on hemodialysis. Method: We conducted a prospective cross-sectional study. The patients assessed were over 18 years old, had chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis, and attended the hemodialysis units of the University Hospital San Ignacio in Bogotá and the San Vicente Foundation in Medellin. We designed a questionnaire to collect socio-demographic and clinical information. Scales were used to measure sleep quality, daytime sleepiness, risk of sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome. Results: 139 patients were assessed between the ages of 20 and 84 years old, 54% (75) were male. 94.2% of the patients were deserving of medical attention due to sleep problem. Conclusion: Sleep disorders are a highly prevalent clinical condition in hemodialysis patients with chronic kidney disease. Sleep problems should be routinely assessed in all dialysis patients.

Keywords : Renal dialysis; disorders of excessive somnolence; apnea; restless legs syndrome.

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