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Palliat Med. 2006 Sep;20(6):631-6.

Comparative pilot study of symptoms and quality of life in cancer patients and patients with end stage renal disease.

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Department of Palliative Care, Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust, UK. treenasaini@doctprs.org.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Patients with advanced renal failure are increasingly opting for conservative treatment, yet little is known of their palliative care needs.

METHODS:

We performed a cross-sectional study, examining symptom burden and quality of life in patients with advanced renal failure (estimated GFR < 17 mL/min; n = 11). A contemporary cohort with terminal malignancy acted as comparators (n = 11). Symptom burden was scored using an extended Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale Short Form questionnaire. Quality of life was assessed using the Euroqol-5Q questionnaire. Demographic and pathological data, performance status and co-morbidity were also recorded.

RESULTS:

Baseline characteristics were similar for the two groups. Symptom burden (renal 17; cancer 15; P =NS) and quality of life scores (renal 60; cancer 60; P =NS) were remarkably similar. Both groups reported high levels of psychological distress.

CONCLUSIONS:

Patients with advanced renal failure experience a symptom burden and impairment of quality of life similar to that of patients with terminal malignancy.

PMID:
17060257
DOI:
10.1177/0269216306070236
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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