Nontraditional factors influencing the quality of life of hemodialysis patients
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Chronic kidney disease
quality of life.

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Varela DC, Gaurían Parra M, Hincapié NA, Hincapié SP, Rodriguez K. Nontraditional factors influencing the quality of life of hemodialysis patients. Rev. Colomb. Nefrol. [Internet]. 2014 Jan. 2 [cited 2022 May 18];1(1):17-24. Available from:


Introduction: The prevalence of CKD patients in advanced stages with dialysis requirement continues to grow. A goal for the medical team, the patient and their caregivers is to provide a treatment that offers an impact on the prognosis and quality of life (QOL).

Methods: In 100 patients with CKD on hemodialysis, randomized assigned, the quality of life by SF-36 was assessed, it was evaluated the functional capacity using the Karnofsky, ability to perform basic tasks of daily life through the index Barthel, presence of depression using the Beck test, family functioning through family APGAR, cognitive state through Minimental and presence of comorbidities using the Charlson index correlated with the sum of physical components (PCS) and mental components (MCS) of the SF-36 in patients in two renal units in Medellín and Bogotá, Colombia.

Results: A decrease in QOL in the physical components (PCS) Mental components (MCS) regarding the general population. A significant correlation between low PCS and diabetes mellitus (-16 p=0.008 95% CI 2.49) was found. Low MCS showed relation with PTH (p=0.046 95% CI 0.000-0.014), Karnofsky index (p=0.034 95% CI 0.244 to 5.984) and Beck depression test (p=0.000 95% CI -13.606 to 6.253).

Conclusions: The QOL of hemodialysis patients is affected with more impact on PCS, there is significant relationship between MCS with functional status and depression. To improve QOL in hemodialysis patients, non traditionally-measured variables should be measured and monitored and the therapeutic focus should be optimized addressed to physical rehabilitation, nutritional, functional and psychological state.
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