Employment not only provides social and financial support but is also a key determinant of quality of life for all people including haemodialysis patients, claims a recent study.
"It is important that patients with chronic kidney disease can maintain the work, especially when they reach the end stage of renal disease and are in need of dialysis treatment," explained Professor Alberto Ortiz, editor-in-chief of Clinical Kidney Journal (CKJ), in which the study was published.
The study analysed the employment status of 496,989 US patients initiating maintenance haemodialysis from 2006-2015.
The results showed 26 per cent of patients were employed 6 months prior to dialysis initiation - but dropped to only 15 per cent when dialysis treatment was initiated. It is not surprising that patients who were older and had more comorbidities were less likely to maintain employment, but there was also a social dimension: females, Hispanic, African Americans, and people living in low-income zip codes lost their jobs more often.
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