Quality of Life in Patients on Peritoneal Dialysis

  • M. S. Y. Thong
  • A. A. Kaptein

Quality of life (QL) issues are now recognized as important outcome measures in health care, cost-effective analyses of the efficacy of medical care and clinical trials, and therapeutic interventions for chronic conditions, including end-stage renal disease (ESRD). QL also factors in the decision-making process for dialysis treatment selection [1]. The past decade has seen a tremendous surge in research publications that have included measures of QL. A search on PubMed in March 2007 using the terms “quality of life” and “dialysis” yielded 1,951 publications of which 1,330 were published within the last 10 years. Hemodialysis (HD) is still the primary focus of treatment in many of these studies; only a relatively low number of studies examine quality of life in patients on peritoneal dialysis (PD). PD has less research compared to HD because it is a newer therapy and, until recently, has been limited to selected ESRD patients requiring dialysis.


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  1. 1.Department of Clinical EpidemiologyLeiden University Medical CenterLeiden
  2. 2.Department of Medical PsychologyLeiden University Medical Center, Medical PsychologyLeiden

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