Does chronic kidney disease impact the quality of life?

Yes. Chronic kidney disease or the impaired kidney function is currently a significant challenge for the healthcare system worldwide, and it is acknowledged to have a considerable impact on quality of life (QOL), particularly in the advanced stages of the condition.

Due to the multifaceted structure of WHO’s concept of quality of life, which evaluates the physical, psychological, and environmental aspects of the patients, health-related quality of life has become a key outcome measure for patients diagnosed with chronic renal diseases. As a result, the term “quality of life” (QOL) has grown in popularity in recent decades.

Health-related quality of life assesses an individual with chronic kidney disease based on physical, mental, and renal disease stage components. Studies have reported that individuals with a higher education and a younger age have a better health-related quality of life. Also, evidence suggested that patients with accessibility to hemodialysis had better quality of life owing to their higher financial status. There is evidence that suggests both gender and haemoglobin levels, which are important aspects of physical health, have a substantial impact on the quality of life in patients with CKD. Furthermore, a study also shows the numerous limitations and concerns of patients in late stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) or receiving renal replacement therapy also contribute to this QOL decline. Patients taking antidepressant  therapy could also contribute to the low HRQOL.

As a result, treating CKD requires both physical and psychological changes. As a result, the quality of life has become an important factor in its therapy.

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