Development of a symptom assessment instrument for chronic hemodialysis patients: the Dialysis Symptom Index.

@article{Weisbord2004DevelopmentOA,
  title={Development of a symptom assessment instrument for chronic hemodialysis patients: the Dialysis Symptom Index.},
  author={Steven D. Weisbord and Linda F. Fried and Robert M. Arnold and Armando J Rotondi and Michael J. Fine and David J Levenson and Galen E Switzer},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  year={2004},
  volume={27 3},
  pages={226-40}
}
Little is known about the prevalence, severity, or impact of symptoms in hemodialysis patients because of the lack of a validated symptom assessment instrument. We systematically developed an index to assess physical and emotional symptom burden in this patient population. We employed four steps in the generation of this index: a review of dialysis quality-of-life instruments, three focus groups, experts' content validity assessment, and test-retest reliability measurement. Seventy-five… CONTINUE READING

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