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African American, age, end-stage renal disease, hemodialysis, quality of life



  1. Greene, Revenda A. PhD, PT


This study compared the quality of life in older and younger African American patients receiving hemodialysis using the Ferrans and Powers Quality of Life Index (FPQLI) of Dialysis. Ninety-eight participants were subgrouped into 4 categories by age and were administered the FPQLI. One-way analyses of variance were used to analyze the data. Reported quality of life improved with age for all except one of the quality-of-life indices, with one index yielding a significant difference. This suggested that older chronically ill patients tend to exhibit a greater level of comfort with their health and social status.