Self-care self-efficacy, depression, and quality of life among patients receiving hemodialysis in Taiwan

Int J Nurs Stud. 2002 Mar;39(3):245-51. doi: 10.1016/s0020-7489(01)00030-x.


The purpose of this study is to examine relationships among self-care self-efficacy, depression, and quality of life in 160 patients receiving hemodialysis. The study is a descriptive, correlational design. Measures include Strategies Used by People to Promote Health, the Geriatric Depression Scale, and the Quality of Life Index. Results indicate that self-care self-efficacy and depression are the significant predictors of quality of life after controlling for the effect of age. Self-care self-efficacy explains 47.5% of the variance (beta=0.52, p<0.001) and depression (beta=-0.29, p<0.001) explains an additional 5.5% of variance in quality of life. The study provides important information for health care providers as they design interventions for patients receiving hemodialysis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Depression / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / psychology
  • Quality of Life*
  • Renal Dialysis / psychology*
  • Self Care*
  • Self Efficacy*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Taiwan