, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 193-200
Date: 22 Sep 2012

Health-related quality of life among hemodialysis patients at El-Minia University Hospital, Egypt

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Abstract

Background

Hemodialysis results in significant change in daily living, physical and psychological impairments, disruption of marital, family, and social life. Health-related quality of life (HRQOL) assessment helps to plan individual treatment strategies, and determine the efficacy, quality of medical and social care provided.

Aim

The focus of the study was to assess HRQOL of hemodialysis patients attending El-Minia University Hospital dialysis unit, determine the relation between HRQOL and some sociodemograghic factors and clinical disorders and also to compare HRQOL between patients performing hemodialysis for less than and more than 5 years.

Subjects and methods

The study is a cross-sectional hospital-based study that included 170 hemodialysis patients; 81 males and 89 females, mean age 46.6 ± 14.6 years. In all 59.4 % were rural residents. Data were collected by a questionnaire which included, demographic, social and medical data. Kidney Disease Quality of Life-36 (KDQOL-36) health survey was used for assessment of HRQOL.

Results

About two thirds (64 %) of the studied hemodialysis patients had physical and mental quality of life (QOL) scores below average level. HRQOL was lower in old, female, married, illiterate and non-worker hemodialysis patients. Hepatitis C positive (HCV), diabetic and anemic patients had decreased QOL scores. A longer duration of hemodialysis treatment was associated with reduced physical QOL.

Conclusion

The most important sociodemographic factors affecting HRQOL were age, sex, education, occupation and marital status. The most important clinical disorders affecting QOL were anemia, HCV infection, sleep disturbances and diabetes. Increase awareness of hemodialysis patients and their caregivers about disabilities associated with hemodialysis treatment and educational programs to decrease the problems which the patients face and to increase the QOL.