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Health-related quality of life in the era of erythropoietin
Weisbord SD, Kimmel PL. Health-related quality of life in the era of erythropoietin. Hemodialysis international. International Symposium on Home Hemodialysis. 2008 Jan 1; 12(1):6-15.
Patients with end-stage renal disease treated with maintenance hemodialysis suffer substantial impairments in health-related quality of life (HRQOL). Despite widespread efforts, there are few interventions that improve the overall well-being and quality of life of this patient population. The current review provides a description of HRQOL as an essential, yet arguably overlooked health-related domain in hemodialysis patients, and discusses interventions that have been evaluated to improve the functional status and well-being of this population, with a particular focus on therapy with recombinant human erythropoietin. We review the controversy surrounding recombinant human erythropoietin as it relates to HRQOL, and describe the delicate balance faced by renal providers who seek to reduce hemodialysis patients'' morbidity and mortality while simultaneously striving to improve patients'' HRQOL.