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Adhering to behaviour change in older pre-dialysis populations - A qualitative study

James, H., Walker, R. & Burns, A. (2012). Adhering to behaviour change in older pre-dialysis populations - A qualitative study. Journal of Renal Care, 38(1), pp. 34-42. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-6686.2012.00262.x


Background: Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is associated with the development of serious co-morbidities. Patients with CKD are encouraged to adhere to regimens to lower this risk. This study aimed to explore the experiences of patients attempting to integrate lifestyle changes into their lives.

Method: Face-to-face recorded interviews were conducted with nine consenting patients with CKD Stage 4 under the care of a consultant nephrologist. Each recording was analysed by two independent investigators using thematic analysis.

Results: Five themes emerged: Self in relation to others, Control, Adherence, Beliefs about treatment and illness and Uncertainty. Participants highlighted the importance of personal support and recounted their sense of being a burden on close family. They described how they approached disclosure about their condition, their beliefs regarding treatment and their decision making processes and how these factors impacted on adherence to behaviour change.

Conclusion: Practical support from family and healthcare professionals, a willingness to disclose their condition and help to make good decisions in difficult circumstances were identified as important factors in supporting success with behaviour change.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Walker R., James H., Burns A. (2012). Adhering to behaviour change in older pre-dialysis populations-what do patients think? A qualitative study. Journal of Renal Care 38(1), 34-42., which has been published in final form at 10.1111/j.1755-6686.2012.00262.x This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Publisher Keywords: Adherence, Behaviour change, Chronic kidney disease stage 4, Qualitative, Thematic analysis
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
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