Methods Data from the Dialysis Outcomes Practice Pattern Study (DOPPS) were analysed for randomly selected patients receiving haemodialysis in Japan. Information regarding the diagnosis of diabetes and clinical events during follow-up was abstracted from the medical records at baseline and HRQoL was assessed by a self-reported short form (SF)-36 questionnaire. The association between physical component score and mental component score in the SF-36 and mortality risk was analysed using a Cox proportional hazard model.
Results Data from 527 patients with diabetes on haemodialysis were analysed. The mortality age-adjusted hazard ratio of having a physical component score greater than or equal to the median was 0.27 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.08–0.96] and the multivariable-adjusted mortality hazard ratio of having an mental component score greater than or equal to the median was 1.21 (95% CI 0.44–3.35).
Conclusions The physical component score derived from the SF-36 is an independent risk factor for mortality in patients with diabetes on haemodialysis who generally had very low HRQoL scores. Baseline mental component score was not predictive of mortality. Patient self-reporting regarding the physical component of health status may aid in risk stratification and clinical decision making for patients with diabetes on haemodialysis.