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J Renal Inj Prev. 2017;6(4):275-281.
doi: 10.15171/jrip.2017.52

Scopus id: 85040723552
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Original Article

The outcomes of stress exposure in hemodialysis patients

Mahin Naderifar 1, Mansoureh Zagheri Tafreshi 2 * , Mahnaz Ilkhani 3, Amir Kavousi 4

1 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Nursing Management, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 Department of Medical–Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4 Department of Health, Safety and Environment, School of Health, Safety and Environment, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
*Corresponding author: Mansoureh Zagheri Tafreshi, Email: m.z.tafreshi@sbmu.ac.ir

Article

Introduction: Chronic renal failure (CRF) is a common problem in today’s world. Patients with hemodialysis are subjected to stress even more severe than others.

Objectives: This study aimed to explain patients’ perception with hemodialysis about stress exposure and its consequences.

Patients and Methods: This study is a qualitative approach based on directed content analysis. The data were collected using semi-structured in-depth interviews with patients treated with hemodialysis. Participants were selected using purposive sampling method and data saturation was reached by conducting 11 interviews so that, the new finding was not added. Data analysis was simultaneously conducted based on Grant’s model of the consequence of exposure to stress. The validity and reliability of the data was confirmed using peer review method and results were also confirmed by participants.

Results: Four themes, including support, psychological outcomes, adherence to treatment and physical trouble, 12 categories and 33 sub-categories were obtained during data analysis process. According to the results, "support" was added.

Conclusion: The results showed that patients, with the help of available supportive resources, confront with the difficulties that lie ahead and reduce the hemodialysis-related stress in themselves. Support resources including; family, medical personnel, similar patients, friends and community resources.

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

Nurses and policy makers should have special attention to consequences of stress in patients undergoing hemodialysis. It plays an important role to provide a framework for appropriate supportive measures and gives the opportunity for nurses to manage the problems facing these patients.

Please cite this paper as: Naderifar M, Zagheri Tafreshi M, Ilkhani M, Kavousi A. The outcomes of stress exposure in hemodialysis patients. J Renal Inj Prev. 2017;6(4):275-281. DOI: 10.15171/jrip.2017.52.

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