OBJECTIVES: The study described the overall and domain-specific quality of life of ESRD patients and compared the quality of life according to mode of renal replacement therapy.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We utilized 101 Filipino ESRD patients who were randomly selected from the 12 major kidney centers in Metro Manila. The patients answered the modified UP-DOH QOL Scale. The scale measured the physical wellness, emotional well-being, social status, cognitive ability, and self-care/functional domains. The scores were interpreted as follows: high for scores between 1.0-3.0, moderate for 3.1-5.0, high for 5.1-7.0. One-way Anova with unequal samples were used to compare the overall QOL score among the different modes of renal replacement therapy.
RESULTS: Overall, the quality of life of ESRD patients were moderate (mean score = 3.3358 +/- .06). Physical wellness, emotional well-being social status and functional status were rated as moderate, while the cognitive ability was perceived to be high. The quality of life score in the functional status of patients in bicarbonate hemodialysis gave the highest score (p .05).
CONCLUSION: This study is a pioneering attempt to characterize the quality of life of Filipino end-stage renal disease patients on renal replacement therapy. Overall, the quality of life of these patients is moderate.