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Revista de la Sociedad Española de Enfermería Nefrológica

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PELAYO ALONSO, Raquel et al. Vascular access impact on quality of life of patients treated with hemodialysis. Rev Soc Esp Enferm Nefrol [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.4, pp.242-249. ISSN 1139-1375.

In all patients diagnosed with chronic renal failure is essential to facilitate an adequate treatment and to prevent complications. When this premise is resolved, the attention is directed to assist these patients to live as well as possible with their disease, improving their quality of life ultimately. Objective: To determine the extent vascular access influences the health related quality of life related of hemodialysis patients. Methodology: Cross-sectional study in a population of 38 hemodialysis patients. Euroqol 5D visual analogue scale was used to evaluate their perceived health status. Patients were asked about their health status at present time, and without the inconvenience and discomfort which gives them their vascular access. Results: Visual analogue scale mean score of patient with an arteriovenous fistula was 58.75 ± 20.31points vs60.56 ± 17.39 points of patients with central venous catheter (no statistically significant). Conclusions: According our study, there is no significant influence of the vascular access on the patient's perceived quality of life. The major inconveniences and discomfort associated with vascular access occur in patients with a central venous catheter, who are treated with hemodialysis more than 1 year.

Keywords : Quality of life; Arteriovenous fistula; Catheters indwelling; Hemodialisys.

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