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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 319-320
 

How does KDQoL-36 questionnaire predict quality of life in Indian hemodialysis patients?


Nephrology and Urology Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Date of Web Publication22-Sep-2012

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Z Rostami
Nephrology and Urology Research Center, Baqiyatallah University of Medical Sciences, Tehran
Iran
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-4065.101271

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Rostami Z, Einollahi B. How does KDQoL-36 questionnaire predict quality of life in Indian hemodialysis patients?. Indian J Nephrol 2012;22:319-20

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Sir,

We read with interest an article published by Veerappan et al.[1] in the Indian journal of nephrology titled "predictors of quality of life of hemodialysis patients in India". They focused on the factors that affect quality of life in hemodialysis patients based on the KDQoL-36 questionnaire. In addition, the authors have compared some results with Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS).

From the 1980s until now, there has been a growing interest in the evaluation of Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) among end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. HRQoL is a multidimensional concept that includes physical, mental, pysico-social, and spiritual aspects of health. [2],[3] In addition, nonbiological factors such as patient culture, religious behaviors, and ethics, may play an important role in HRQOL because they can influence patients' perceptions and expectations. This concept has been examined by several investigators. [4],[5],[6] For example, Antonio et al. 2003 and Donna et al. 2004 showed that mortality risk was lower for African Americans and Asians than for non-Hispanic whites treated by dialysis, though black and Asians people were more susceptible to diabetes and lower levels of socioeconomic status. [5],[6] Furthermore, Donna et al. suggested that survival differences among dialysis patients from different ethnic groups must be assessed in terms of variation in HRQOL. [6] Anne et al. studied large established Asian communities from the Indian subcontinent that existed in UK. [7] They believed that there was a high incidence of renal disease in this ethnicity. A total of 42 Indians were compared with 51 white Europeans to evaluate the effect of ethnicity on QoL among hemodialysis patients. They found similar QoL in the two groups (MCS scores 45±23 vs. 65±20 and PCS score 34±17 vs. 45±18). Asian patients with other chronic conditions, such as diabetes and asthma has shown that they have a poor awareness of their illness compared with white patients. [7]

Since our people have no strict program for CKD screening and follow-up, they are not aware about their disease and majority of them presented with advanced renal failure for the first time. A great deal of them experience an urgent acute dialysis requirement and few of the CKD patients are scheduled for elective dialysis; it means that ESRD patients in our countries suffer from uremic symptoms for a long time. Hence, after starting dialysis treatment, they rarely achieve well-being. Moreover, after dialysis initiation, as Veerappan et al.[1] mentioned, the dialysis prescription is empiric in the majority of our dialysis centers.

 
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1.Veerappan I, Arvind RM, Ilayabharthi V. Predictors of quality of life of hemodialysis patients in India. Indian J Nephrol 2012;22:18-25.   Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Rostami Z, Tavallaii SA, Jahani Y, Einollahi B. Assessment of quality of life in a single-center transplantation population using the Kidney Transplant Questionnaire-25 questionnaire. Transplant Proc 2011;43:590-1.  Back to cited text no. 2
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3.Pezeshki ML, Rostami Z. Contributing Factors in Health-Related Quality of Life Assessment of ESRD Patients: A Single Center Study. Int J Nephrol Urol 2009;1:129-36.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.Morsch CM, Gonçalves LF, Barros E. Health-related quality of life among haemodialysis patients--relationship with clinical indicators, morbidity and mortality. J Clin Nurs 2006;15:498-504.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
5.Lopes AA, Bragg-Gresham JL, Satayathum S, McCullough K, Pifer T, Goodkin DA, et al. Health-related quality of life and associated outcomes among hemodialysis patients of different ethnicities in the United States: the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS). Am J Kidney Dis 2003;41:605-15.  Back to cited text no. 5
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6.Mapes DL, Bragg-Gresham JL, Bommer J, Fukuhara S, McKevitt P, Wikström B, et al. Health-related quality of life in the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS). Am J Kidney Dis 2004;44(5 Suppl 2):54-60.  Back to cited text no. 6
    
7.Bakewell AB, Higgins RM, Edmunds ME. Does ethnicity influence perceived quality of life of patients on dialysis and following renal transplant? Nephrol Dial Transplant 2001;16:1395-401.  Back to cited text no. 7
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