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Quality of life in older adults with chronic kidney disease and transient changes in renal function: Findings from the Oxford Renal cohort

Busa, Isabella; Ordóñez-Mena, José M.; Yang, Yaling; Wolstenholme, Jane; Petrou, Stavros; Taylor, Clare J.; O’Callaghan, Chris A.; Fraser, Simon D.S.; Taal, Maarten W.; McManus, Richard J.; Hirst, Jennifer A.; Hobbs, F.D. Richard

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Isabella Busa

José M. Ordóñez-Mena

Yaling Yang

Jane Wolstenholme

Stavros Petrou

Clare J. Taylor

Chris A. O’Callaghan

Simon D.S. Fraser

Richard J. McManus

Jennifer A. Hirst

F.D. Richard Hobbs


Donovan Anthony McGrowder


BACKGROUND: Quality of life (QoL) is an important measure of disease burden and general health perception. The relationship between early chronic kidney disease (CKD) and QoL remains poorly understood. The Oxford Renal Study (OxRen) cohort comprises 1063 adults aged ≥60 years from UK primary care practices screened for early CKD, grouped according to existing or screen-detected CKD diagnoses, or biochemistry results indicative of reduced renal function (referred to as transient estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) reduction). OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare QoL in participants known to have CKD at recruitment to those identified as having CKD through a screening programme. METHODS: Health profile data and multi-attribute utility scores were reported for two generic questionnaires: 5-level EuroQol-5 Dimension (EQ-5D-5L) and ICEpop CAPability measure for Adults (ICECAP-A). QoL was compared between patients with existing and screen-detected CKD; those with transient eGFR reduction served as the reference group in univariable and multivariable linear regression. RESULTS: Mean and standard deviation utility scores were not significantly different between the subgroups for EQ-5D-5L (screen-detected:0.785±0.156, n = 480, transient:0.779±0.157, n = 261, existing CKD:0.763±0.171, n = 322, p = 0.216) or ICECAP-A (screen-detected:0.909±0.094, transient:0.904±0.110, existing CKD:0.894±0.115, p = 0.200). Age, smoking status, and number of comorbidities were identified as independent predictors of QoL in this cohort. CONCLUSION: QoL of participants with existing CKD diagnoses was not significantly different from those with screen-detected CKD or transient eGFR reduction and was similar to UK mean scores for the same age, suggesting that patient burden of early CKD is minor. Moreover, CKD-related comorbidities contribute more significantly to disease burden in earlier stages of CKD than renal function per se. Larger prospective studies are required to define the relationship between QoL and CKD progression more precisely. These data also confirm the essentially asymptomatic nature of CKD, implying that routine screening or case finding are required to diagnose it.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 26, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 14, 2022
Publication Date Oct 14, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 10, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 14, 2022
Journal PloS one
Electronic ISSN 1932-6203
Publisher Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 17
Issue 10
Article Number e0275572
Keywords Multidisciplinary
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