Indonesia’s renal specialists’ contribution to the WCN 2013

 
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The World Congress of Nephrology (WCN) is the leading biennial educational event in international nephrology and was held in Hong Kong from May 31–June 4 2013. Indonesia’s renal research was well represented at the WCN this year with 14 scientific abstracts being presented.

These contributions spanned multiple research categories including:

  • Haemodialysis (7)
  • Complications of dialysis (3)
  • Diabetes mellitus (clinical) (1)
  • Other renal disease-experimental models (1)
  • Primary glomerular disease (clinical) (1)
  • Secondary glomerular disease (1)

One of the posters was presented in the Diabetes Mellitus (clinical) category by Abdullah and colleagues. It provided results from a descriptive study comparing quality of life (measured using the SF-36 questionnaire) in 36 patients with diabetic nephropathy and non-diabetic nephropathy, who were undergoing regular haemodialysis.1

Compared with non-diabetic nephropathy patients, those with diabetic nephropathy demonstrated worse quality of life (56% vs. 44%, respectively). Results for individual components of the SF-36 questionnaire were as follows:1

  • Physical function: 44% vs. 50%, respectively
  • Bodily pain: 44% vs. 56%, respectively
  • General health: 78% vs. 89%, respectively
  • Energy/tiredness: 28% vs. 39%, respectively
  • Social function: 44% vs. 39%, respectively
  • Role emotional: 33% vs. 39%, respectively
  • Vitality: 17% vs. 6%, respectively
  • Physical health: 50% vs. 61%, respectively
  • Mental health: 39% vs. 39%, respectively.

The authors concluded that the quality of life of patients undergoing haemodialysis was worse in those with diabetic nephropathy versus those with non-diabetic nephropathy.1

To view the full poster, please click here.

To review additional abstracts presented at WCN 2013, please click here.

References:

  1. Abdullah A, Syukri M, Syahri RA et al. Quality of life comparison between diabetic nephropathy and non-diabetic nephropathy who undergo regular hemodialysis with SF-36 methods. Presented at the: World Congress of Nephrology (WCN). Hong Kong, May 31–June 4 2013: Abstract SU250.