The Prevalence of Anxiety among Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis in Hospitals in Khorramabad

Document Type : Original Article


1 Student Research Committee, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran

2 Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Khorramabad, Iran

3 Faculty of Nursing, Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, Aligoudarz, Iran


Hemodialysis is the treatment of chronic renal failure that can increase patients’ longevity, but the change in lifestyle and various treatments lead to numerous psychological problems such as anxiety in the patients. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of anxiety in patients undergoing hemodialysis in Ashayer Shohada and Rahimi Martyr Hospitals in Khorramabad city. In this descriptive, analytical cross-sectional study, all eligible patients undergoing hemodialysis in Shohadaye Ashayer Hospital and Shahid Rahimi Hospital in Khorramabad (74) were studied. The data collecting tools include Spielbergers' anxiety questionnaire. Data analysis was carried out using chi-square tests, t-test, Pearson correlation and analysis of variance. The mean state anxiety score was 50.08(10.49) and the mean trait anxiety score was 49.24(11.52). About 44.5% of the patients had severe state anxiety and 40.5% had severe trait anxiety. The results of this study showed that women have higher levels of trait anxiety than men (p=0.014). The hemodialyzed patients in Khorramabad city were with high trait and state anxiety. Therefore, it is suggested that various methods of reducing anxiety in these patients should be used.