Quality of life of caregivers and patients on peritoneal dialysis
Stanley Lin-sun Fan, Insara Sathick, Khadija McKitty and Sally Punzalan
NDT Advance Access published online on January 8, 2008
Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, doi:10.1093/ndt/gfm830
"Peritoneal dialysis is the archetypal home-based therapy and is often favoured by patients. However, as patients with end-stage renal failure become more elderly, with more co-morbidity, their dependence on carers to provide physical, emotional and logistical support increases. The effect of this chronic burden has not been systematically studied. We have prospectively studied patients with end-stage renal failure starting peritoneal dialysis and their carers over a 1-year period."
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