Quality of Life (QoL) and Depression Among Children With End Stage Renal Disease Attending Hemodialysis Units in Gaza Strip.
The aim of this study was to compare the quality of life and depression among children with end-stage renal disease undergoing hemodialysis in the Gaza strip compared to the control group of children with chronic medical problems attending the same hospitals.
The findings of the study showed that the ESRD have positive perceptions about their QoL, negative perception towards physical functioning and school, compared to the control group who have positive perception about physical functioning, school and their QoL and negative perception towards social and emotional functioning, and indicate a higher incidence of depression among ESRD relative to the control group.
Now-a-days, the frequent use of conventional concepts such as morbidity, mortality, and life expectancy for the evaluation of public health, is not sufficient to assess the state of health and well-being. Stressors, including medication procedures, dietary constraints, fear of death, and dependency upon treatment, may affect the QoL and exacerbate the feeling of a loss of control.
The aims of this study were 1) To compare the QoL and prevalence rate of depression among children with ESRD undergoing hemodialysis compare to the control group, 2) To examine the relationship between QoL and depression among ESRD children and non-ESRD children in
relation to socio-demographic variables such as in the Gaza Strip hospitals.
There was a significant difference in mean depression score, which was significantly higher for the ESRD patients. The mean anxiety score was significantly lower for ESRD patients than for the control group.
Psychol Cogn Sci Open J. 2017; 3(2): 57-65. doi: 10.17140/PCSOJ-3-124