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. 2017;6(3):210-215.
doi: 10.15171/jrip.2017.40

Original Article

The care preferences of patients under hemodialysis

Abbas Ali Vafaei 1, Monir Nobahar 2 *

1 Research Center and Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran
2 Nursing Care Research Center, Faculty of Nursing and Allied Health, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran
*Corresponding author: Monir Nobahar, PhD; Email: Nobahar43@Semums.ac.ir

Abstract

Introduction: Patient-centered care is an approach to healthcare that focuses on the preferences and needs of the patients. Clarifying patients’ care preferences helps facilitate and improve the process of advance care planning.

Objectives: The present study was conducted to examine the care preferences of patients under hemodialysis.

Patients and Methods: The present study uses qualitative content analysis to examine the care preferences of patients under hemodialysis. The data required for the study was collected through semi-structured interviews held with 20 participants selected according to purposive sampling and continued until data saturation was reached.

Results: The analysis of the data led to the extraction of the two sub-themes of "dependence on dialysis" and "protection" for the main theme of "preserving life", the three sub-themes of "acceptance of hemodialysis", "receiving information" and "adapting to limitations" for the main theme of "self-care", the two sub-themes of "friendly relationships" and "competent staff" for the main theme of "expert care providers", and the three sub-themes of "support", "equipment" and "facilities" for the main theme of "proper care conditions."

Conclusion: "Preserving life" comprised the main care preference of the examined patients under hemodialysis. Clarifying the patients’ care preferences helps maintain their health and provide them with a more comfortable and satisfactory experience of hemodialysis.

Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education:

Hemodialysis patients life, depend on dialysis, although hemodialysis is a threat for their life. Therefore the hemodialysis’ patients should be cared based on their preferences. Authorities by selecting the expert care providers, creating self-care circumstance and appropriate care conditions can help maintain their lives, which are their care preferences.

Please cite this paper as: Vafaei AA, Nobahar M. The care preferences of patients under hemodialysis. J Renal Inj Prev. 2017;6(3):210-215. DOI: 10.15171/jrip.2017.40.

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