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Thesis Title:  Illness Perception and Quality of Life among Hemodialysis Patients

Author: Rubab Neelam Khan

Supervisor: Afreen Komal

Year: 2017

Degree: MSC

Department: Institute of Applied Psychology

University: Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract

The present research was conducted to investigate relationship between illness perception and quality of life among hemodialysis patients. Correlational research design was used to conduct the present study. Sample consisted of (N = 150) hemodialysis patients taken from two private hospitals and two government hospitals of Lahore. The data was collected through Urdu version of Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire (BIPQ) (Broadbent, Petrie, Main, & Weinman, 2006) and World Health Organization Quality of Life Brief (WHOQOL-BREF) Scale (WHOQOL Group, 1998). It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship between demographics, illness perception and quality of life among hemodialysis patients. Demographics and illness perceptions are likely to predict quality of life of hemodialysis patients. The findings showed that there was significant negative relationship between illness perception and quality of life among hemodialysis patients. Illness perception was significant negative predictor of quality of life and all its domains except social domain. Further, age was significant negative predictor of quality of life, physical and psychological domains. Monthly income was significant positive predictor of quality of life and it’s all four domains. Treatment satisfaction was significant negative predictor of quality of life, physical, psychological domains and environmental domain. In last any disease other than kidney disease was significant positive predictor of quality of life, physical, psychological domains and environmental domain. The scale of Illness perception had .65 chronbach’s alpha reliability and quality of life had .87 reliability. The results of the study can be helpful for developing the positive illness perception and improving quality of life of hemodialysis patients.

Keywords:

Illness perception, quality of life, physical, psychological domains, social domain, environmental domain, hemodialysis.

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