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
- 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.