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CHARACTERISTICS OF PATIENTS UNDERGOING HEMODIALYSIS

Tsirigotis Stavros, Benetou Sophia, Gerogianni Georgia, Alikari Victoria, Drakopoulou Marianna , Stavropoulou Areti

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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2020

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Pages: 163-174

DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4291757

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Introduction: In recent decades, the number of patients undergoing dialysis has beeb increased dramatically, worldwide. This treatment method imposes a significant burden on patients, their families and the National Health System of each country. Purpose: To explore  the characteristics of patients undergoing dialysis.Material and Method: This was a descriptive study on a convenience sample of 100 patients undergoing hemodialysis in kidney units in Attica. Data were collected by  the method of interview completing a questionnaire that included patient characteristics. Results: Of the 100 participants, 73% were men, 50% were > 60 years old, 66% were married and 75% were retired. Regarding clinical features, 58% of the sample suffered another disease, 41% reported insomnia, 37% had frequent muscle cramps, 27% had frequent nausea and vomiting, and 26% had occasional itching. Furthermore, 78% of the sample experienced fatigue after each dialysis session and 42% reported feeling well after three days from one session to the next while 49% weighed only once a week. Furthermore, 30% of participants stated that they were very informed about the method of dialysis, 23% experienced anxiety about the course of the disease, while 32% believed that the provided  information helps them to reduce anxiety while 44% stated that they preferred to watch TV during dialysis and 17% to listen music. Conclusions: The findings of the present study provide important knowledge about the characteristics of patients undergoing hemodialysis, which should be evaluated when planning individualized nursing intervention.

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