Taste Dysfunction of Chronic Kidney Disease Patients on Renal Diet and its Relationship with Patient Satisfaction in the Medical Ward at AL-Khor Hospital – State of Qatar

Wala Mohammed, Asmaa AL-Muhannadi, Ghazi Daradkeh


Background: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) often complain of taste dysfunction. The prevalent taste dysfunction among patients with CKD predisposes them to malnutrition, poor quality of life, and worsening disease prognoses. To appropriately treat the taste dysfunction in this group of patients, it’s imperative that factors that predict taste dysfunction and its severity are identified for prompt treatment. Aim: To assess patient satisfaction with their renal diet and to identify factors associated with taste dysfunction and its impact on food intake among patients with CKD receiving renal diet.Materials and Methods: This was a hospital-based quality improvement study of adult inpatients with CKD on a renal diet at AL-Khor Hospital – Hamad medical corporation, Qatar. Results: There were 21 patients with CKD, with age ranges between 18 and 65 years (mean ± standard deviation [SD] 39.3 ± 13.9 years). Hypogeusia was found in most patients with CKD >80%. Renal diet modification improved patient satisfaction significantly P <0.05. Conclusion: Chronic kidney disease CKD patients were dissatisfied with their renal diet; special attention should be considered to modifying and improving the renal diet menus and improve patient satisfaction.

Keywords: chronic kidney disease, quality of life, satisfaction, renal diet, taste

DOI: 10.7176/FSQM/122-04

Publication date:July 31st 2023

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ISSN (Paper)2224-6088 ISSN (Online)2225-0557

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