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Keywords:

  • Elderly;
  • hemodialysis;
  • quality of life;
  • disability

Abstract

We aimed at comparing the elderly adults and normal subjects with regard to their disability, psychological status, and quality of life (QOL). One hundred and twenty-five dialysis patients and 61 controls were recruited in the study. Depression and anxiety symptoms of the patients were evaluated with the Psychological Symptom Screening List (SCL 90-R). For evaluating the disability, the Rivermead mobility index (RMI) was utilized. For evaluating the QOL, we used the short form-36 (SF-36) scale. The Rivermead mobility index of the patients (9.6±3.4) was found. When compared with controls, dialysis patients had higher levels of disability (p=0.0001). Depression and anxiety symptom scores of these patients were also significantly higher than that of the controls (p<0.05). There was a correlation between the disability and depression symptom scores (r: 0.171, p=0.037). Both physical and mental capacity scores of the dialysis patients were lower than those of the controls (p<0.05 and p<0.05) QOL scores for elderly hemodialysis patients were found to be lower. Their disability was higher, making them dependable on others during their daily lives. Specific exercise programs should be developed for these patients. Even the smallest effort in this regard will result in improvements in physical functioning while bringing them significant benefits.