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Rev Med Inst Mex Seguro Soc. 2015;53 Suppl 1:S66-73.

[Modification of health-related quality of life in kidney transplant recipients].

[Article in Spanish; Abstract available in Spanish from the publisher]

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Unidad de Trasplantes, Hospital de Especialidades, Centro Médico Nacional La Raza, Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social, Distrito Federal.


in English, Spanish


The assessment of health-related quality of life is essential to renal replacement therapies. We conducted a study to evaluate the change in quality of life at 6 and 12 months after renal transplantation and compared with healthy population and general population.


A prospective study in 278 renal transplant recipients using the SF-36 survey at 0, 6 and 12 months after transplantation. The results were compared with those obtained in healthy population (kidney donors) and general population. Student t test was employed for comparisons of means. A value of p<0.05 was considered statistically significant.


The quality of life before transplantation was lower than that observed in healthy population and the general population (p<0.001). At 6 months of transplantation significant improvement over the baseline measurement (p<0.001) in the 8 domains and the two composite scales was obtained, but at 12 months, an additional benefit was not observed. The quality of life of recipients at 12 months of transplant was lower only in the concept of general health (p=0.035) compared with healthy population. However, it was higher than general population in physical and mental composite scales (p=0.013 and p=0.001 respectively).


The health related quality of life improved significantly at 6 and 12 months after renal transplantation, achieving equated healthy population and general population.


Health related quality of life; Nephrology; Renal transplant

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