Claudia Boaretti

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BACKGROUND In frail elderly patients, the chronic use of renal replacement therapy sometimes affords no tangible benefits and may even negatively affect their quality of life (Qol), making prolonged conservative management a reasonable option. METHODS This observational, uncontrolled study was conducted on 11 end-stage renal disease patients over 75 years(More)
When elderly patients with end-stage renal disease start dialysis their quality of life, and particularly the emotional aspects of it, are very similar to those of age-matched controls. However, as the treatment becomes chronic the quality of life will decline not only with regard to the physical aspects (due to comorbidities) but also the emotional(More)
Chronic dialysis treatment is characterized by a series of complex interdependent objective problems, such as the dialysis experience, the individual way to assess it, and some "protective" factors such as social and family support. Progresses in dialysis research show that dialysis patients have important alternatives to passively accept their condition:(More)
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