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

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