Quality of life in chronic kidney disease (CKD): a cross-sectional analysis in the Renal Research Institute-CKD study

Am J Kidney Dis. 2005 Apr;45(4):658-66. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2004.12.021.

Abstract

Background: Health-related quality of life (QOL) is an important measure of how disease affects patients' lives. Dialysis patients have decreased QOL relative to healthy controls. Little is known about QOL in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) before renal replacement therapy.

Methods: The Medical Outcomes Study Short Form-36 (SF-36), a standard QOL instrument, was used to evaluate 634 patients (mean glomerular filtration rate [GFR], 23.6 +/- 9.6 mL/min/1.73 m2 [0.39 +/- 0.16 mL/s/1.73 m2]) enrolled in a 4-center, prospective, observational study of CKD. SF-36 scores in these patients were compared with those in a prevalent cohort of hemodialysis (HD) patients and healthy controls (both from historical data). QOL data also were analyzed for correlations with GFR and albumin and hemoglobin levels in multivariable analyses.

Results: Patients with CKD had higher SF-36 scores than a large cohort of HD patients (P < 0.0001 for 8 scales and 2 summary scales), but lower scores than those reported for the US adult population (P < 0.0001 for 7 of 8 scales and 1 of 2 summary scales). Patients with CKD stage 4 had lower QOL scores than patients with CKD stage 5, although differences were not significant. Hemoglobin level was associated positively with higher mental and physical QOL scores (P < 0.05) in all individual and component scales except Pain.

Conclusion: SF-36 scores were higher in this CKD cohort compared with HD patients, but lower than in healthy controls. GFR was not significantly associated with QOL. Hemoglobin level predicted both physical and mental domains of the SF-36. Longitudinal studies are needed to define at-risk periods for decreases in QOL during progression of CKD.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • African Americans / psychology
  • African Americans / statistics & numerical data
  • Aged
  • Anemia / drug therapy
  • Anemia / epidemiology
  • Anemia / psychology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / psychology
  • Cohort Studies
  • Comorbidity
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Diabetes Complications / epidemiology
  • Diabetes Complications / psychology
  • Erythropoietin / therapeutic use
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / psychology
  • European Continental Ancestry Group / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate
  • Hemoglobins / analysis
  • Humans
  • Kidney Diseases / blood
  • Kidney Diseases / epidemiology
  • Kidney Diseases / psychology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / epidemiology
  • Obesity / psychology
  • Prospective Studies
  • Quality of Life*
  • Renal Dialysis / psychology
  • Serum Albumin / analysis
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States / epidemiology

Substances

  • Hemoglobins
  • Serum Albumin
  • Erythropoietin