Examining the health related quality of life of people with end stage kidney disease living in Hanoi, Vietnam

Van, Khan Ngo, Duangpaeng, S, Deenan, A, & Bonner, Ann (2012) Examining the health related quality of life of people with end stage kidney disease living in Hanoi, Vietnam. Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 8(3), pp. 140-145.

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Background: The prevalence of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) patients is increasing in Vietnam; however, the impact of ESKD and its treatment on a person’s quality of life (QOL) is not well understood.

Objective: This research sought to examine the association between monthly income, comorbidity, length of time on dialysis, social support and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) among Vietnamese ESKD patients.

Method: Using a descriptive design, 95 patients who were receiving haemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD) from one hospital in Hanoi, were conveniently sampled.

Results: ESKD patients reported having a moderate level of HRQOL. Factors associated with QOL were social support (r= .268, p<.05), comorbid health conditions (r= –.185, p<.05), and length of time on dialysis (r= .182, p<.05). However, monthly income was not significantly related to HRQOL (p>.05).

Conclusion: The results seem to indicate that ESKD patients in Vietnam have a high level of support from family members, friends and significant others. There was also a negative impact of comorbid conditions on the QOL of these patients. Based on the results of this study, nurses ought to develop nursing interventions which will lead to a better QOL for patients, and further research into the QOL for ESKD patients in Vietnam is warranted.

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ID Code: 55314
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: quality of life, social support, dialysis, nephrology
ISSN: 1832-3804
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Renal Society of Australasia
Deposited On: 05 Dec 2012 04:37
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2012 01:15

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