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Patients' experience of transition onto haemodialysis: a qualitative study.

Mitchell, A., Farrand, P., James, H. , Luke, R., Purtell, R. & Wyatt, K. (2009). Patients' experience of transition onto haemodialysis: a qualitative study.. Journal of Renal Care, 35(2), pp. 99-107. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-6686.2009.00094.x


Transition onto haemodialysis is a time of increased psychosocial difficulty, yet, many renal patients exhibit personal resilience in continuing to lead productive lives. Using a positive psychological methodology, this qualitative study aims to identify factors identified by patients as helpful in the transition onto haemodialysis. Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 10 patients within six months of starting haemodialysis. Interpretive content analysis identified three main themes (each with subthemes) in patients' accounts-preparation, cognitive style and social support. Limited differences arose between patients who underwent a gradual versus acute transition onto haemodialysis. Themes are discussed with reference to implications for practice development.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted version of the following article: Annie Mitchell, Paul Farrand, Hayley James, Rob Luke, Rachel Purtell, Katrina Wyatt, PATIENTS’ EXPERIENCE OF TRANSITION ONTO HAEMODIALYSIS: A QUALITATIVE STUDY, Journal of Renal Care 35 (2), 2009 which has been published in final form at DOI 10.1111/j.1755-6686.2009.00094.x
Publisher Keywords: Adaptation, Psychological, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Female, Great Britain, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Patient Education as Topic, Personality, Renal Dialysis, Social Support
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Healthcare Services Research & Management
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