The Impact of Anxiety and Depression on the Quality of Life of Hemodialysis Patients

  •  Chrysoula Vasilopoulou    
  •  Eirini Bourtsi    
  •  Sophia Giaple    
  •  Ioannis Koutelekos    
  •  Paraskevi Theofilou    
  •  Maria Polikandrioti    


PURPOSE: This study was to explore the impact of anxiety and depression on the quality of life of hemodialysis patients.

MATERIAL & METHODS: The sample studied consisted of 395 hemodialysis patients. Data was collected by the completion of a specially designed questionnaire for the needs of the present study which apart from socio-demographic and clinical, it also included HADS scale to assess the level of anxiety and depression as well as the scale Missoula-VITAS Quality of Life Index (MVQOLI) to assess patients’ quality of life.

RESULTS: The results of this study showed that 47.8% had high anxiety levels and 38.2% had high levels of depression. The average total score of quality of life was found to be 17.14. It was also shown that the total score of quality of life presented statistically significant association with family status (p=0.007), educational level (p<0.001), the number of children (p=0.001), patients’ adherence to doctors' orders (p=0.003) and proposed diet (p=0.002) and the relations of patients with healthcare professionals and the other patients (p<0.001). The multiple linear regression showed that the overall quality of life score was statistically associated with the levels of depression after adjusted for possible confounders. More specifically, it was found that total score of quality of life was 2.5 and 4.4 points lower for patients with moderate and high levels of depression, respectively, compared to patients with low levels of depression (p<0.001).

CONCLUSIONS: Evaluation of anxiety and depression in conjunction with quality of life in hemodialysis patients should be an integral part of the therapeutic regimen.

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