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Acta Medica Colombiana

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CALDERON CORDERO, Carlos Andrés  and  URREGO RUBIO, Juan Carlos. Dialysis in the older adult  Mortality, quality of life and complications. Acta Med Colomb [online]. 2014, vol.39, n.4, pp.300-301. ISSN 0120-2448.

Objective: to describe the clinical evolution in terms of complications, quality of life and mortality of elderly patients on chronic dialysis program. Materials and methods: descriptive prospective study in which 52 patients over 65, who entered chronic dialysis in two health units in the city of Bucaramanga, Colombia participated, during the years 2011-2012. Patients were followed for one year after the start of chronic dialysis treatment. To evaluate the evolution of the quality of life questionnaire SF-36 and the Karnofsky scale was applied at three points, on admission, at 3 months and at 12 months. Results: the mean age of the patients was 77.2 years, of whom 53.8% were women. Overall mortality at follow-up was 23.1%. At end of follow-up a significant decrease in the parameters of general health, vitality, social function and mental health of the quality of life questionnaire SF36 was observed. Conclusion: despite the dialysis treatment, the overall perception of quality of life did not improve in most patients; however, and paradoxically, if treatment is not done, the deterioration in quality of life could be worse.

Keywords : chronic kidney disease; quality of life; dialysis; questionnaire SF-36; older adult.

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