Demographic predictors of depression influencing quality of life among renal transplant recipients

2013 IJRSP – Volume 2 Issue 2


Kamran, Fatima*
University of Surrey, United Kingdom (
Lecturer, Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan


A longitudinal study was carried out to investigate the impact of depression levels on satisfaction with Quality of Life (QoL) after renal transplantation. Renal transplant recipients (RTRs) were assessed at three times over a period of 15 months in Lahore (Pakistan). Our study aimed to analyze if QoL and perceptions of it are likely to be influenced by their level of depression and analyze the demographic correlates and predictors of depression among RTRs. The cross lagged panel showed that across all three waves, depression levels appeared to be strong predictors of QoL satisfaction. The study attempted to explore causal priority of relationships among depression and QoL to clarify if QoL is an outcome of depression or vice versa. Gender, age, marital status, and low family income appeared to be significant predictors of depression among RTRs.

Keywords: depression; Quality of Life; renal/kidney transplantation; demographic factors; predictors of depression; longitudinal study



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