The RDQoL is one of a series of individualised condition-specific self-completion questionnaires to measure quality of life (QoL) and condition-specific QoL.The RDQoL assesses individualised quality of life in patients who have been diagnosed with a chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The RDQoL contains two overview items and 21 domain-specific items covering different aspects of life commonly impacted by a renal condition and its treatment. The two overview items measure generic ‘present QoL’ and the ‘impact of your renal condition on QoL’. The 21 domain-specific items measure the impact of having a renal condition on specific aspects of life and the importance of these aspects of life for QoL.
The RDQoL is designed for use with adults diagnosed with CKD. This includes patients who are receiving dialysis, those who expect to require dialysis within six months and/or those who are wait-listed for, or who have received, a kidney transplant. The questionnaire may be self-completed in clinic or following receipt by mail, or completed by interviewer in person or by telephone, for a range of purposes including:
- an assessment tool with individuals;
- an assessment tool with groups of patients;
- a broad cross-sectional survey instrument;
- a routine part of clinical audit cycles;
- an outcome measure for clinical research trials evaluating new treatments.