Fatigue is a debilitating symptom or side effect experienced by many patients on long term dialysis. According to Indian Council of Medical Research, it is estimated that, among 1 billion populations around 7.85 million people are suffering from renal failure. 45-50% of CKD patients in Andhra Pradesh are below 40 yrs of age. Besides 70% of patients undergoing dialysis under Arogyasri scheme was below 40.
Aim: to assess the effectiveness of Leg stretch exercises on fatigue among patients undergoing haemodialysis.
Setting and Design: Narayana Medical College Hospital, Nellore by using quasi experimental non equivalent control group design.
Materials and Methods: A total of 60 samples were selected by using non probability convenience sampling technique.
Statistical Analysis Used: The collected data was organized, tabulated, analyzed and interpreted by using descriptive and inferential statistics based on the objectives of the study.
Results: The findings of the study revealed that effectiveness of leg stretch exercises on fatigue among patients undergoing haemodialysis, in experimental group, during pretest, 5(17%) had mild fatigue whereas in post test, 16(53%) had mild fatigue. In pretest, 17(57%) had moderate fatigue whereas in post test, 12(40%) had moderate fatigue. In pretest, 8(26%) had severe fatigue whereas in post test, 2(7%) had severe fatigue. In experimental group the post test mean is27.5 with standard deviation of9.74 where as in control group the mean is35.4 with standard deviation of15.3. The calculated value is 2.20 is greater than the tabulated value 1.69.
Conclusion: The study concludes that the Leg stretching exercises are effective in reducing the fatigue levels.