Background The prevalence of chronic kidney disease-associated pruritus (CKD-aP) varies from 22% to 84% among patients receiving hemodialysis. It occurs more frequently at night, and often affects patient’s sleep quality. CKD-aP is often unreported by patients, and many do not receive effective treatment. There is, however, a paucity of available data on the prevalence and impact of CKD-aP on patients receiving hemodialysis in Pakistan. Methods A multicenter cross-sectional study was undertaken from July 2016 to April 2017 at a tertiary care hospitals in Pakistan. Results 354 patients undergoing hemodialysis were studied. 35.6% had CKD for 1–2 years, and 42.4% were receiving hemodialysis for 1–2 years. The prevalence of pruritus was 74%. The median [interquartile range] score for pruritus was 10.0 (out of possible 25) [8.0–12.0]; while the median [interquartile range] Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) score was 8.0 (out of possible 21) [7.0–10.0]’. Pruritus was significantly correlated with the sleep score (r = 0.423, p<0.001). The results of the multivariate linear regression revealed a positive association between pruritus and age of patients (β = 0.031; 95% CI = 0.002–0.061; p = 0.038) and duration of CKD (β = -0.013; 95% CI = -0.023 –-0.003; p = 0.014). Similarly there was a positive association between sleep score and duration of CKD (β = 0.010; 95% CI = 0.002–0.019; p = 0.012) and pruritus (β = 0.143; 95% CI = 0.056–0.230; p = 0.001). Conclusions Chronic kidney disease-associated pruritus is very common in patients receiving hemodialysis in Pakistan. Pruritus is significantly associated with poor sleep quality.
Rehman, I. U., Munib, S., Ramadas, A., & Khan, T. M. (2018). Prevalence of chronic kidney disease-associated pruritus, and association with sleep quality among hemodialysis patients in Pakistan. PLoS ONE, 13(11). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0207758