Impact of Near-Death Experiences on Dialysis Patients: A Multicenter Collaborative Study

Chun Fu Lai, Tze Wah Kao, Ming Shiou Wu, Shou Shang Chiang, Chung Hsin Chang, Chia Sheng Lu, Chwei Shiun Yang, Chih Ching Yang, Hong Wei Chang, Shuei Liong Lin, Chee Jen Chang, Pei-Yuan Chen, Kwan Dun Wu, Tun Jun Tsai, Wang Yu Chen

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Background: People who have come close to death may report an unusual experience known as a near-death experience (NDE). This study aims to investigate NDEs and their aftereffects in dialysis patients. Study Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting & Participants: 710 dialysis patients at 7 centers in Taipei, Taiwan. Predictor: Demographic characteristics, life-threatening experience, depression, and religiosity. Outcomes: NDE and self-perceived changes in attitudes or behaviors. Measurements: Greyson's NDE scale, Royal Free Questionnaire, 10-Question Survey, Ring's Weighted Core Experience Index, and Beck Depression Inventory. Results: 45 patients had 51 NDEs. Mean NDE score was 11.9 (95% confidence interval, 11.0 to 12.9). Out-of-body experience was found in 51.0% of NDEs. Purported precognitive visions, awareness of being dead, and "tunnel experience" were uncommon (

Original languageEnglish
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


  • Death
  • dialysis
  • near-death experience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology


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