Ciencia y enfermería
versión On-line ISSN 0717-9553
RODRIGUEZ VIDAL, Magali; MERINO ESCOBAR, Manuel y CASTRO SALAS, Manuel. PSYCHOMETRIC ASSESMENT OF THE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL COMPONENTS OF THE SF-36 IN CHRONIC RENAL INSUFFICIENCY FAILURE PATIENTS IN TREATMENT WITH HAEMODYALISIS. Cienc. enferm. [online]. 2009, vol.15, n.1, pp. 75-88. ISSN 0717-9553. doi: 10.4067/S0717-95532009000100009.
The quality of life related to health is a construct that is being used with increasing frequency to evaluate the variables related to health from the perspective of the individual. In this study we analyzed the characteristics of the summarized descriptive scales of physical health components (CSF) and mental health components (MSC) from the SF-36 V2 in terminal patients with chronic renal insufficiency treated with hemodialysis. This is a cross sectional quantitative study with a population of patients with the previously quoted pathology controlled in the dialysis facilities in the area of Concepción, Chile in 2005. The sample consisted of 270 patients, which is 65% of the universe. The main instrument was the SF-36 for measuring the quality of life main variable. Socio-demographic variables were added. The instrument showed a high reliability for the components of physical and mental health with a Cronbach's alpha of 0.86, for each one. In general terms, the instruments CSF and MSC from the SF-36 properly capture the life conditions that people are experiencing, as is the case with nephropathy patients undergoing hemodialysis treatment, who were the subject of this study.
Palabras clave : Quality of life; haemodialysis; psychometry; SF-36-V2.