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Revista de la Sociedad Española de Enfermería Nefrológica

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CONTRERAS MARTOS, Gustavo Manuel et al. Efficacy of an intradialysis strength-stamina training programme in combination with neuromuscular electrostimulation: improvement in functional capacity, strength, and quality of life. Rev Soc Esp Enferm Nefrol [online]. 2011, vol.14, n.2, pp.112-119. ISSN 1139-1375.

The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of a programme of strength-stamina exercises during haemodialysis, in improving muscular strength, quality of life and functional capacity to carry out everyday activities. A quantitative, experimental pre-test and post-test study was carried out. A programme of strength-stamina exercises in combination with neuromuscular electrostimulation was applied to 10 patients undergoing haemodialysis. These were three simple exercises adapted to the position in which haemodialysis was carried out. All the patients showed a significant improvement in strength, measured using functional tests to carry out everyday activities: walking (6-MWT) and sit-to-stand tests (10-STS). These tests were measured before and after the training programme. They also showed an improvement in the physical dimension of the quality of life measured using the specific questionnaire for renal patients, KDQOL-SFTM.

Keywords : Haemodialysis; Quality of life; Neuromuscular electrostimulation; Functional capacity.

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