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Minerva Urologica e Nefrologica 1998 June;50(2):169-72

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language: Italian

Which parameters to evaluate rehabilitation and quality of life of the dialyzed patients in the nineties?

Giachino G. 1, Chiappero F. 1, Salomone M. 3, Piccoli G. B. 2, Anania P. 2, Marciello A. 2, Saltarelli M. 1, Rosati C. 1

1 Ospedale di Rivoli (Torino), Divisioni e Servizi di Nefrologia e Dialisi; 2 Ospedale Molinette, Torino, Divisioni e Servizi di Nefrologia e Dialisi; 3 Ospedale Valletta, Torino, Divisioni e Servizi di Nefrologia e Dialisi


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The parameters used at present by the Piedmont Dialysis and Transplant Register to evaluate rehabilitation and quality of life of the dialyzed patients have been useful in the past, but they will no longer be so in the future, as the typology of the dialyzed patient is changing: the mean age is increasing, patients with high-risk conditions as vasculopathy and diabetes are widely accepted to the treatment.
Thus, rehabilitation has to be evaluated not only from a social and professional viewpoint, but also as “illness situation” and “quality of life” and this can be done using the Karnofsky scale and the test of Spitzer: our Register needs to be implemented in the future by such evaluations, to go on giving us useful information about rehabilitation of the dialyzed patients.

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