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The Correlation between Quality of Life and Peer Support in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients

Author(s): X. Chen, Z. Xu, X. Cao, Q. Lu, X. Li and Y. Cai*
Department of Nephrology, People's Hospital of Wuxi, Wuxi 214000, China

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In order to understand the living conditions and quality of life of peritoneal dialysis patients as well as the status of peer support, a cross-sectional survey method was conducted. Besides, the correlation between quality of life of peritoneal dialysis patients and peer support was explored in this research. A total of 125 peritoneal dialysis patients were selected by random sampling method for questionnaire survey. The questionnaires used in this experiment included general information questionnaire, dialysis-related quality of life scale and peer support rating scale. The database was built using the SPSS19.0 software package. Statistical methods of descriptive statistical analysis, t-test comparison of two mean values, analysis of variance comparison of multiple mean values, multiple linear stepwise regression analysis and Spearman rank correlation were employed. The results showed that in the sub-dimension of quality of life of peritoneal dialysis patients, the scores of physical role function, emotional role function and sexual function were all 0. The scores of male patients in general health, social function, kidney disease and dialysis total score, symptoms, nephropathy, cognitive function, social quality and satisfaction were lower than those of female patients. In peer support, the scores of both subjective support and objective support of female patients were higher than those of male patients, while male patients had higher support utilization scores than female patients. In the correlation analysis of quality of life and peer support in peritoneal dialysis patients, the quality of life dimensions related to the total score of peer support included SF, somatic function, somatic role function, pain, general pain, mental health, emotional role function, social function, nephropathy impact, nephropathy burden and social quality. The factors influencing the quality of life of peritoneal dialysis patients were gender, age and family monthly income. The quality of life of peritoneal dialysis patients was positively correlated with peer support.

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