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The purpose of this study was to explore how symptoms affect quality of life (QOL) for people living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and kidney transplants, and to determine the relationship among various coping styles, symptoms, and QOL. An online survey was conducted; 42 people with CKD or a kidney transplant completed all parts of the survey. We found strong significant relationships between symptoms and QOL ratings. Problem-focused coping strategies were the most frequently employed, but there were few significant relationships between symptoms and coping, or between problemfocused coping strategies and QOL. Future research should explore whether interventions to address emotion-focused coping strategies impact QOL as well as symptom burden.