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CONTRERAS, Francoise et al. Quality of life and treatment compliance in patients with chronic renal insufficiency under hemodialysis treatment. Univ. Psychol. [online]. 2006, vol.5, n.3, pp. 487-500. ISSN 1657-9267.

The purpose of this study was to describe the quality of life among 33 patients with chronic kidney disease in haemodialysis treatment and to establish whether there were differences features between them, due to adherence behavior. Health Survey SF-36 was used, biochemical and clinical data was registered, as medical support for the adherence criteria. Significant decline in quality of life was evidenced in these patients; nevertheless the social function was preserved. The results of the t-student for independent samples showed significant differences in physical function, between the groups of patients with and without adherence to treatment (n = 19 and n = 13 respectively). Likewise, the first group reveal better quality of life related with mental health while the another group was related with physical aspects. The implications of these results are discussed.

Keywords : Quality of life; Treatment adherence; Chronic disease; Haemodialysis patients; End-stage renal disease; Chronic kidney disease; Health-related quality of life.

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