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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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BARROS-HIGGINS, Lilian; HERAZO-BELTRAN, Yaneth  and  AROCA-MARTINEZ, Gustavo. Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. [online]. 2015, vol.63, n.4, pp.641-647. ISSN 0120-0011.

Background. People experiencing chronic kidney disease can have their quality of life related to health affected. Objective. To determine the quality of life related to health of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and its relationship with clinical and socio-demographic data. Materials and Methods. A cross-sectional study was carried out with 80 people having a chronic kidney disease diagnosis. Patients who participated in this study were the ones referred to the Renal Unit and Hospital service during the months of study. Kidney Disease Quality of Life (KDQOL-SF) questionnaire was applied taking into account eight generic dimensions on health related quality of life and three specific ones related to kidney disease. Social-demographic variables and those related to the disease were compared based on KDQOOL-36 dimensions. Results. 23.5% of the study population was between 61 and 70 years old, and 51.3% were men. There were low averages in the burden of renal disease (40.3), physical health (33.4) and mental health (43.5) dimensions of the generic component. A significant correlation between age and the effects of kidney disease in daily life dimension (0.238, p =0.03), as well as with the physical health (0.242 p=0.03) generic component was observed. A paid work was positively correlated to the generic components physical (0.499, p=0.001), mental health (0.375 p=0.001), while the burden of the renal disease was negatively correlated to the diagnosis time of the renal disease (-0.241, p=0.02). Conclusions. Chronic kidney disease has a burden on patients' quality of life in terms of physical health, mental health, and disease burden.

Keywords : Quality of life; Health; Chronic Kidney Failure; Hemodialysis Units; Hospital.

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