AKI episodes significantly impact patients’ physical, mental health

December 22 2021

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Among AKI survivors, 84% reported that an AKI episode had a significant impact on their physical and emotional health, according to data published in Kidney 360.

An additional handful of studies examining short- and long-term health-related quality of life (HRQoL) among AKI survivors generally found that (1) there are physical and mental health effects of AKI and (2) AKI-related HRQoL poverty is associated with increasing the death rate,” Galen SwitzerPhD Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, Clinical Sciences, and Translation at the University of Pittsburgh and colleagues wrote. “Our objectives of the current investigation were to survey AKI survivors in order to (1) describe the range of HRQoL experiences related to AKI—physical/functional, emotional, social (eg, family and work), health care communication and (2) study the differences Potential effects of acute renal failure by sex and age in the acute renal failure episode”.

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In a cross-sectional investigation, researchers invited AKI survivors who were members of the American Society of Kidney Patients to participate in an online survey based on Qualtrics between October 14 and October 26, 2021. Using an anonymous online survey, researchers determined sociodemographic planning, effects of acute renal insufficiency and perceptions About interactions with health care providers of patients.

A total of 124 AKI survivors completed the survey, and 84% reported that their physical and emotional health was severely or severely affected by the AKI episode. In addition, 57% reported being very concerned or very concerned about the effects of acute renal failure on work, and 67% were concerned about the effect on the family.

These findings are a critical step forward in understanding the set of trials/consequences of acute renal failure. Switzer and colleagues write that future research should include more comprehensive HRQoL procedures and healthcare professionals should consider providing more information in their communications with patients about acute renal insufficiency and follow-up. “In addition, health care professionals must be more proactive and informative in their communication with patients about AKI and in follow-up PKI, and more effective means of patient education and communication about AKI are needed to address patients’ concerns.”

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