SLIDE FORUM #15—HEMOFILTRATION/HEMODIALYSIS: PDF OnlyMORTON A. ROSS; MEERS, CAROL; SINGER, MICHAEL A.; TOFFELMIRE, EDWIN B.; HOPMAN, WILMA; MCCOMB, JANET; MACKENZIE, THOMAS A.ASAIO JOURNAL: September-October 1996 - p M713-716 Free Abstract Health related quality of life (HRQOL) is increasingly being used to evaluate physical and psychosocial parameters in patients receiving dialysis. In patients with chronic illness, these indices are important adjuncts to biochemical measurements. Inadequate dialysis with low urea clearance (Kt/Vurea) has been linked to adverse outcomes in dialysis patients. Little is known about the relationship between dialysis adequacy and patient reported HRQOL. We evaluated HRQOL in 55 hemodialysis and 60 peritoneal dialysis patients using the RAND 36 Item Health Survey 1.0, measuring the following: physical functioning; role limitations (physical); role limitations (emotional); social functioning; emotional well being; pain; energy; and general health perceptions. Kt/V was also calculated for each patient. Mean HD Kt/V was 1.44 ± 0.31 (range, 0.5–2.0); mean weekly PD Kt/V was 2.28 ± 0.90 (range, 1.13–6.02). The relationship between Kt/V and HRQOL was tested using Pearson's correlation. No significant association was found for either treatment group between Kt/V and any of the domains of HRQOL. Thus, HRQOL seems to be influenced by factors other than dialysis adequacy, enhancing its role as an independent measure of patient problems otherwise undetected by traditional objective parameters. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.