Norhayati Ibrahim, Asmawati Desa, Norella Kong Chiew Thong



The current era of globalization has seen a pandemic rise in the number of patients with chronic diseases including end-stage kidney disease (ESRD).  This has led to the study of various factors that affect patients’ health-related quality of life (HRQoL).  One factor that is getting attention lately is the role of religious coping strategies and how it affects the quality of life of patients with chronic patients. Therefore, the present study examined the role of religious coping strategies (RCS) as a mediators between depression and HRQoL of ESRD patients.  It was a cross sectional study and involved 274 ESRD patients who is undergoing dialysis treatment in a number of dialysis centre in the State of Selangor, Kuala Lumpur and Johor.  Questionnaires used included the Short Form-36 (SF-36), Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI II), and Religious Coping Strategies (RCS). Results showed that there were significant correlations depression and RCS with HRQoL (Physical component summary (PCS) and Mental Component Summary (MCS)).  Meanwhile, religious coping was a partial mediator between depression with PCS and MCS.  The results of this study will help health practitioners in developing appropriate interventions that take into account the role of religion to improve patient quality of life towards a more positive and effective manner.

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