Do personal resources influence health-related quality of life for people receiving hemodialysis treatment in Latin America?

Alfonso Urzúa1, Alejandra Caqueo-Urízar2, Japsy Margarita Quiceno3, Stefano Vinaccia Alpi4, Nicole Pavlov5
1School of Psychology, Universidad Católica del Norte, Chile
2Department of Philosophy and Psychology, Universidad de Tarapacá, Chile
3Department of Psychology, Universidad de San Buenaventura Bogotá, Colombia
4School of Psychology, Universidad Santo Tomás, Colombia
5School of Psychology, Universidad Católica del Norte, Colombia
Cite this article:  Urzúa, A., Caqueo-Urízar, A., Quiceno, J. M., Vinaccia Alpi, S., & Pavlov, N. (2015). Do personal resources influence health-related quality of life for people receiving hemodialysis treatment in Latin America? Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 43(3), 367-382.

Volume 43 Issue 3 | e4212 | Published: April 2015 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2015.43.3.367

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We used the Kidney Disease Quality of Life Survey and Chronic Illness Resources Survey to determine the personal resources that influence health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of 128 individuals receiving treatment for end-stage renal disease in Antofagasta, Chile. The results showed that personal and community resources protect against disability and physical deterioration among individuals receiving hemodialysis. Further, these resources had a direct influence on HRQOL, especially in relation to the burden of the disease and for those who are not in paid employment. Our findings show the importance of the availability and use of measures required for the community to improve HRQOL, and to protect the physical health of people undergoing hemodialysis.

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