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Evaluation of quality of life in elderly undergoing hemodialysis

Hemodialysis affects not only physical, and psychological and social, with repercussions on personal and family life. Whereas in Brazil is experiencing a increase in the elderly population, this study aimed to evaluate the quality of life of elderly patients with chronic renal failure undergoing hemodialysis. This is a quantitative, descriptive exploratory study with elderly patients at a facility specializing in hemodialysis Guarapuava, Paraná, Brazil. Data were collected between May and June 2010 through a structured instrument and, after undergoing the statistical program Statistica 7.1. Analyzing the domains of the questionnaire, the highest score with respect to the social domain (70.42) and the lowest physical domain (49.37). Thus, the quality of life of these elderly had to be low, with variations according to the analyzed field. Research aimed at assessing quality of life are relevant and instrumentalize daily practice of care.

Nursing care; Aged; Renal insufficiency, chronic; Renal dialysis; Quality of life

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