Quality of Life in End Stage Renal Failure Patients Undergoing Dialysis in Mauritius
We assessed the quality of life of 45 patients with end stage renal failure undergoing dialysis in Mauritius using the standard United Kingdom version of the Short Form 36 Items Health Survey (SF36) questionnaire. Our findings showed that gender, level of social and emotional support, marital status, and travel time were variably significant predictors of higher scores in specific dimensions. No significant relationship was found between SF36 subscales and age, occupation, length of time on haemodialysis, and household numbers. Response rate was high at 90%. Overall, health related quality of life of ESRD patients is poor. Further studies are required to ascertain whether altering those predictor variables that are amenable to intervention by health care professionals could be associated with improvements in health related quality of life.
Keywords: health, quality of life, end stage renal disease, Mauritius