Rehabilitation, aging and chronic renal disease

N. G. Kutner, D. D. Cardenas, J. D. Bower

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Restorative management of the disabled elderly requires knowledge about realistic functional expectations, in addition to knowledge about a patient's particular disease. Health outlook, especially sense of control, should also be assessed because rehabilitation depends on the patient's active participation. A comparison of 349 older end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on chronic dialysis and 354 similar-age persons selected as a control group showed that significantly compromised physical function and health outlook were reported by the dialysis patients compared with the control group. Increasing exercise capacity and participation in dialysis self-care activity are recommended ways to improve physical functioning and health outlook among ESRD patients. Individuals who cannot perform strenuous activity can improve in level of fitness; improvements in anemia and muscle strength are key variables. Clinical application of therapeutic and rehabilitative strategies to improve physical function and health outlook in the geriatric renal patient is greatly needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-101
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 1992


  • Aging
  • Dialysis
  • Health Outlook
  • Physical Function
  • Renal Disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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