Hamza AttiqPakistan Kidney & Liver Institute and Research Centre, Pakistan
Title: Health Related Quality of Life among ESRD Patients on Hemodialysis and Kidney Transplant Recipients: A Comparative Study
CKD-5 treatment is expensive and inaccessible for the majority of the Pakistani population. Unfortunately, there is no information available on the QOL in CKD-5 patients in Pakistan. The study was conducted on hemodialysis patients and kidney transplant recipients at Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute and Research Centre (PKLI&RC). A comparative study was done to assess the HRQOL between hemodialysis and renal transplant recipients. The Urdu version of the WHOQOL-BREF was used. The sociodemographic characteristics were significantly different between the two groups. KTRs were younger than HD patients and were generally more educated. A larger number of people in the hemodialysis group as compared to those in the KTR group were found to be unemployed. Patients in KTR group had a much better perception of quality of life (77.5 vs 58) and health (85 vs 63.5) as compared to the hemodialysis patients. KTRs had significantly higher HRQOL scores than HD patients in all 4 domains with the greatest difference seen in physical domain. KTRs also reported fewer ER visits and hospitalizations. The QOL scores of KTRs were better than hemodialysis patients in all four domains: Physical, psychological, social relationship, environmental health. Hence, renal transplant services should be encouraged for people with ESRD and should be made easily available to patients.
Hamza Attiq has completed his medicine from Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Paksitan. He is the currently working as a medical Officer at Pakistan Kidney & Liver Institute, Lahore, Pakistan. He has a number of research articles to his name and is currently working on a few more in his very short span as a research enthusiast.