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Nursing (M.S.N.)

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College of Nursing


There are over 250,000 people currently afflicted with end-stage renal disease and the number is rising every year. Although kidney transplant is the treatment of choice, lack of viable organs limits this option. Hemodialysis is the most common treatment modality for end stage renal disease. Quality of care is continuously monitored by physicians, nurses and dietitians, however there is also the need to examine the quality of life of the hemodialysis patient. This study replicated the works of Ferrans and Powers (1993).

Overall quality of life and four sub-scales (health and functioning, social and economic, psychological/spiritual, and family) were evaluated by using the Quality of Life Index. Overall quality of life of a small sample of hemodialysis patients was subjectively rated as relatively high, with the most satisfaction noted in the family sub-scale.


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