Quality of Life Outcomes Related to Anemia Management of Patients With Chronic Renal Failure

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Abstract

Purpose:

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of a clinical nurse specialist-managed outpatient anemia management program on quality of life for patients with anemia related to chronic kidney disease.

Description of the study:

A retrospective study was conducted using information from the Medical Outcomes Short Form 36 Item Health Survey, which is completed by patients with anemia at their initial, 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month visits, and annually thereafter. Thirty-four patients completed the 3-month survey, 19 completed the 6-month survey, and 10 completed the 12-month survey.

Outcomes:

There was a statistically significant increase in quality of life indicators at the 3 and 6 months' interval. The increase in physical and decrease in mental indicators were not substantiated through the 12-month interval.

Conclusion:

Quality of life was significantly improved for patients in a clinical nurse specialist-managed outpatient anemia management program.

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