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      A Disease-Specific Questionnaire for Assessing Quality of Life in Patients on Hemodialysis

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          A disease-specific questionnaire was developed for patients receiving chronic hemodialysis by interviewing patients to determine which aspects of their quality of life were adversely affected by their disease. The final questionnaire contained 26 questions in five dimensions (physical symptoms, fatigue, depression, relationships with others, frustration). The questionnaire demonstrated construct validity when compared with the Sickness Impact Profile, time trade-off technique and an exercise stress test. It was reproducible in stable, placebo-treated patients (correlation coefficient 0.85-0.98 for the 5 dimensions). It was more responsive than other measures in detecting an improvement with erythropoietin therapy in a randomized, placebo-controlled trial. This questionnaire should be useful for the assessment of the effect of various interventions upon the quality of life of hemodialysis patients.

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          Journal
          NEF
          Nephron
          10.1159/issn.1660-8151
          Nephron
          S. Karger AG
          1660-8151
          2235-3186
          1992
          1992
          11 December 2008
          : 60
          : 3
          : 302-306
          Affiliations
          aDepartments of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont.; bDepartment of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ont.; cDepartment of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.; a,b,dClinical Trials Group, Robarts Research Institute, London, Ont., Canada
          Article
          186769 Nephron 1992;60:302–306
          10.1159/000186769
          1565182
          © 1992 S. Karger AG, Basel

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          Pages: 5
          Categories
          Original Paper

          Cardiovascular Medicine, Nephrology

          Hemodialysis, Clinical trial, Quality of life, Questionnaire

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