Kidney Res Clin Pract.  2020 Sep;39(3):356-364. 10.23876/j.krcp.20.040.

Patient characteristics according to rehabilitation and employment status in Korean hemodialysis patients

  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, St. Vincent’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Suwon, Republic of Korea


While the final goal of renal replacement therapy is to achieve normal social adaptation and employment, many studies to date have focused on the analysis of complications and causes of death. In contrast, the analysis of dialysis patients with normal job employment and exhibiting a good medical status can be important for clinical treatment policy. This study assessed various clinical parameters according to rehabilitation and employment status to elucidate characteristics correlated with better rehabilitation status among hemodialysis patients.
A total of 29,865 hemodialysis patients who were registered with rehabilitation status information in the Korean Society of Nephrology end-stage renal disease registration program from January 2017 to April 2019 were included and divided into five groups according to their rehabilitation status.
About half (47%) of enrolled patients belonged to the “independent but without a job” group and 21% of patients belonged to the “employed with a full-time job” group. Analysis revealed significantly younger mean age, longer mean hemodialysis duration, a higher proportion of male sex, and a lower proportion of diabetic nephropathy cases in the full-time job group than in the other hemodialysis patient groups. Also, hemoglobin, albumin, and phosphorus levels were higher but the urea reduction ratio was lower in the full-time job group.
A better rehabilitation and employment state of hemodialysis patients was associated with younger age, male sex, and underlying chronic glomerulonephritis. Patients with full-time jobs generally have better laboratory data but lower dialysis efficacy.


Chronic kidney failure; Employment; Rehabilitation; Renal dialysis
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