Decreased quality of life of end-stage renal disease is further compromised
by renal function replacement treatments such as haemodialysis (HD) and
peritoneal dialysis (PD). Poor quality of life negatively affects treatment
outcome. This study compared quality of life between HD and PD patients.
Quality of life in 15 HD and 15 PD patients at a South African renal unit was
compared using the SF-36 short form. There was no significant difference
between HD and PD patients for total SF-36 score, but HD subjects reported
more pain. Quality of life is similar in HD and PD patients, with the exception
of higher pain levels in HD patients.