Revista de la Sociedad Española de Enfermería Nefrológica
versión impresa ISSN 1139-1375
RODRIGUEZ MARTIN, Mª Carmen et al. Quality of life and kidney transplants in over-65s. Rev Soc Esp Enferm Nefrol [online]. 2009, vol.12, n.1, pp.26-30. ISSN 1139-1375.
Quality of life is defined as "the personal perception of an individual of his or her life situation, within the cultural context and the context of the values in which he or she lives, and in relation to his or her goals, expectations, values and interests". The aim of this study is to determine the quality of life of patients over 65 years of age who have undergone kidney transplants. A qualitative, descriptive and retrospective study. The sample encompassed a total of 31 patients aged over 65 who received kidney transplants at our centre between July 2003 and July 2006. The instrument used to compile the information was in two parts: a survey of 11 items and questionnaire SF-36. The aspect that received the lowest rating from the patients surveyed (51.6 points) related to the capacity for intense physical efforts. However, activities of lower intensity received a higher score (88.7 points). Patients aged over 65 who have received a kidney transplant perceive an important improvement in their quality of life compared to the period prior to the transplant. This is reflected in an extension of the range of activities they can carry out.
Palabras clave : quality of life; elderly; kidney transplant; questionnaire SF-36.