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The assessment of health status and quality of life among chronically ill patients is an area of current scientific interest. This paper considers the utility of a short but comprehensive instrument to assess the quality of life for end-stage renal failure patients. the Spitzer QL-Index was completed by 8 nurses for all patients in the Wellington region currently being treated with home hemodialysis (n = 58); hospital hemodialysis (n = 13); and continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (n = 37). Results indicated that home hemodialysis patients achieve the highest quality of life in comparison to the other two treatment modalities. It is concluded that the QL-Index has some discriminative validity for this patient population, and its use may contribute to informed decision making by both patients and doctors.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Ren Fail

Publication Date

1991

Volume

13

Pages

31 - 35

Keywords

Adaptation, Psychological, Adult, Aged, Analysis of Variance, Chi-Square Distribution, Female, Health Status, Humans, Kidney Failure, Chronic, Male, Middle Aged, Peritoneal Dialysis, Continuous Ambulatory, Quality of Life, Renal Dialysis