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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 163-169
Effectiveness of Baby Oil Therapy for Uremic Pruritus in Hemodialysis Patients

Syed Sadiq General Practitioner Clinic, Dubai, UAE

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Vimala Suryanarayan Singh
Syed Sadiq General Practitioner Clinic, Dubai
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DOI: 10.4103/1319-2442.318518

PMID: 34145126

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Uremic pruritus is an uncomfortable feeling of discomfort in the skin. When it becomes severe, pruritus leads to sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and social dysfunction, affecting the quality of life of patients. Pruritus is experienced by approximately 50%–90% of hemodialysis (HD) patients. The main objective of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of baby oil therapy for uremic pruritus in HD patients and to determine the association between severity of uremic pruritus and selected demographic variables of HD patients. The research design adopted for this study was an experimental, pretest and posttest control group design. The population was HD patients in the age-group of 40–60 years. The conceptual framework of this research was based on the general system theory model. Purposive sampling technique was used and the sample size was 120 HD patients. Results showed that pruritus score was reduced up to 23.7% among experimental group HD patients with pruritus, whereas in the control group, the reduction score was only about 1.3%. It shows the effectiveness of massage with baby oil on uremic pruritus among patients undergoing HD treatment.

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