Relationship between Fear of Death and Stress among Renal Failure Patients on Haemodialysis Process

Author: Mahwish Zia

Supervisor: Ms. Shahnila Tariq

Degree: M.Sc

Year: 2006-2008

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was carried out to investigate relationship between fear of death and stress among renal failure patients on haemodialysis process from the different hospitals of the Lahore. In order to collect the data, convenient sampling technique was used. The sample consisted of 52 individuals (32 Males, 20 Females; age between 20-60 years). Data was collected through Collett–Lester Fear of Death Scale (CL-FODS) by Lester and Abdel-Khalek (2003) and Stress Appraisal Measurement (SAM) by Peacock and Wong (1990) to measure stress and fear of death. Bivariate correlation was used to analyze the data. The results indicated that there is a positive but weak correlation between fear of death and stress among renal failure patients on haemodialysis process. It can be concluded that stress is a common psychosocial problem among the renal failure population. The coexistence of psychiatric illness in-patients with renal failure that requires specialized medical regimens represents a challenge to nephrologists in diagnosis and treatment. Disparities between levels of stress among renal failure patients compared with other chronically ill populations warrant further research.

Keywords: Fear of Death, Stress, Renal Failure Patients, Haemodialysis, Psychiatric Illness

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