Effects of home hemodialysis on health-related quality of life measures

Semin Dial. 2007 May-Jun;20(3):265-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-139X.2007.00287.x.


In recent years, there has been an increased interest in performing hemodialysis (HD) more frequently than thrice weekly, particularly in the home setting. This interest has been stimulated by some studies that have indicated significant benefits to performing more frequent HD on various medical and quality of life outcome measures. However, only a few studies using varying quality of life instruments have critically examined the impact of frequent HD on the quality of life of patients. Although not consistent across studies, results suggest a positive impact of more frequent HD on patients' quality of life. It is hoped that the results of two landmark studies, now in progress (the Frequent Hemodialysis Network trial and the FREEDOM study), will provide more insight into the impact of more frequent HD on quality of life.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Hemodialysis, Home*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Diseases / therapy*
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Quality of Life*