Patient and caregiver perspectives on home hemodialysis: A systematic review
posted by WM Admin on 28 January 2015
Year of Publication
American Journal of Kidney Disease, 65(3), 451–463
Journal article (peer reviewed)
In this systematic review of qualitative studies, the authors describe patient and caregiver perspectives and experiences of home home hemodialysis (HD) to inform home HD programmess that align with patient preferences. Twenty-four studies involving 221 patients (109 home HD; 97 hospital HD, and 15 predialysis) and 121 caregivers were eligible. The authors "... identified 5 themes: vulnerability of dialyzing independently (fear of self-needling, feeling unqualified, and anticipating catastrophic complications), fear of being alone (social isolation and medical disconnection), concern of family burden (emotional demands on caregivers, imposing responsibility, family involvement, and medicalizing the home), opportunity to thrive (re-establishing a healthy self-identity, gaining control and freedom, strengthening relationships, experiencing improved health, and ownership of decision), and appreciating medical responsiveness (attentive monitoring and communication, depending on learning and support, developing readiness, and clinician validation)". The authors conclude that acknowledging and addressing apprehensions could better support patients and caregivers considering home HD.
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How to Access
To read the full abstract, and for information on how to access the full text, go to: http://dx.doi.org/10.1053/j.ajkd.2014.10.020 or contact your DHB library, or organisational or local library for assistance.