Factors affecting fatigue in chronic renal failure patients treated with hemodialysis
Journal of Critical Care Nursing : January 30, 2010, 3 (1); e7116
January 30, 2010
Article Type: Research Article
August 28, 2016
February 08, 2010
B, Esmaeilpoor Zanjani
A. Factors affecting fatigue in chronic renal failure patients treated with hemodialysis,
Crit Care Nurs J.
Aims: Fatigue is a common complaint and debilitating symptom in hemodialysis patients that has a considerable effect on
quality of life and wellbeing. The purpose of this study was measurement of fatigue and its related factors in patients with
chronic renal failure treated with hemodialysis.
Methods: This descriptive correlation study was performed in one of the Medical Universities of Tehran in 2009. 56
hemodialysis patients were selected by simple convenience sampling method. Data was collected by fatigue severity scale
(FSS) and personal information questionnaires included demographic, disease information and paraclinical findings. Data
was analyzed by SPSS 14 software using paired t-test and ANOVA.
Results: The fatigue score mean was 5.1. Women, widows and jobless people reported higher fatigue. Fatigue increased
with decrease in education level and income and increase in age, dialysis history and risk of chronic renal failure. These
differences were significant only in terms of gender, income and history of chronic renal failure. Mean of fatigue was
insignificantly lower in patients with hemoglobin range of 12-14 g/dl, systolic blood pressure >160 mmHg, urea <30 and
creatinine range of 6-8 mg/dl.
Conclusion: Most hemodialysis patients suffer from fatigue. In order to improve patient care and promote patients’ quality
of life, nurses should identify fatigue, high risk patients and strategies for decreasing it.
Fatigue, Chronic Renal Failure, Hemodialysis
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