Assessment of quality of life in patients on hemodialysis and the impact of counseling.
Publication Type:Journal Article
Source:Saudi journal of kidney diseases and transplantation : an official publication of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, Saudi Arabia, Volume 23, Number 5, p.953-957 (2012)
Keywords:80 and over, Adaptation, adaptive behavior, adult, aged, article, attitude to health, Attitudes, awareness, Chronic, chronic kidney failure, counseling, female, Health Knowledge, human, Humans, India, kidney failure, Longitudinal Studies, longitudinal study, male, mental health, middle aged, patient, patient education, Patient Education as Topic, Patients, Practice, Prospective Studies, prospective study, Psychological, psychological aspect, quality of life, questionnaire, Questionnaires, religion, Renal Dialysis, renal replacement therapy, Spirituality, time, Time Factors, treatment outcome, Young Adult
Chronic renal failure is an irreversible progressive condition responsible for high morbidity and mortality. Because it requires life-long treatment in the form of renal replacement therapy, the quality of life (QOL) of patients may significantly impair. Studies have revealed that patient education can play a significant role in improving the QOL in these patients. The primary objective of this study was to assess the QOL of patients on hemodialysis by using the World Health Organization Quality of Life assessment scale and also to study the impact of patient counseling in these patients. Fifty patients were selected for the study and they were randomly divided into two groups, control and test; counseling was given to the test group of patients. There was an increase in score in all the four domains (physical, psychological, environmental and social) among the test group when compared with the control group. Also, we found that the psychological domain showed significant increase in score compared with others. Our findings demonstrate that patient counseling plays an important role in improving the QOL by changing their psychological thinking and bringing them toward spirituality.
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