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J Prev Epidemiol. 2021;6(2): e27.
doi: 10.34172/jpe.2021.27
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Study of the quality of life in kidney donors at a transplant center in Urmia, Iran

Ehsan Allah Kalteh 1 ORCID logo, Shaker Salari Lak 2* ORCID logo, Ali Taghizadeh Afshari 3 ORCID logo, Hamid Reza KHalkhali 4 ORCID logo, Mousa Ghelichi-Ghojogh 5 ORCID logo

1 Faculty of Medicine, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran
2 Department of Public Health, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran
3 Nephrology, and Kidney Transplant Research Center, Department of Urology, Imam Khomeini Hospital, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran
4 Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Faculty of Medicine, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran
5 Student Research Committee, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
Correspondence to: Shaker Salari Lak; Email: salarilak@yahoo.com

Abstract

Introduction: Maintaining and enhancing the quality of life (QOL) of living kidney donors are an essential measure for expressing health outcomes and consequences.

Objectives: This study aimed to investigate kidney donors’ QOL at the transplant center of the Imam Khomeini hospital, Urmia, Iran.

Patients and Methods: This retrospective cohort study was conducted on 30 kidney donors between the years 1997-2014 at the Imam Khomeini Hospital, Urmia. To this end, a QOL questionnaire was completed and data analysis was performed with SPSS version 22.

Results: In this study, 90% (27) of the donors were male. The mean age of the donors at the time of examination and the duration of nephrectomy was 38 ± 9.48 and 7.36 ± 4.62 years, respectively. Fifty percent of the donors had a leave of absence more than 4 weeks after nephrectomy. The mean score of physical function, physical role, emotional role, vitality, mental health, social functioning, bodily pain, and general health was 77.66±25.88, 69.16±35.16, 54.44±45.04, 61.33±17.06, 64.26±19.56, 66.25±22.54, 81.25±18.75, and 61.83±21.83, respectively. However, none of the variables had a significant statistical relationship with QOL (P<0.05).

Conclusion: Donors’ QOL is lower in Iran than in other countries. It is suggested to conduct studies with a larger sample size and an appropriate control group.


Keywords: Kidney transplantation, Live donors, Quality of life
Citation: Allah Kalteh E, Salari Lak S, Taghizadeh Afshari A, KHalkhali H, Ghelichi-Ghojogh M. Study of the quality of life in kidney donors at a transplant center in Urmia, Iran. J Prev Epidemiol. 2021;6(2):e27. doi: 10.34172/ jpe.2021.27.
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