A Qualitative Research on the Experience of Haemodialysis in South Karnataka:Lived Experience of Persons undergoing Haemodialysis

Valsaraj, Blessy Prabha and Bhat, Shripathy M and Prabhu, Ravindra and Dinesh, N (2014) A Qualitative Research on the Experience of Haemodialysis in South Karnataka:Lived Experience of Persons undergoing Haemodialysis. Journal of Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences University, 3 (2). pp. 90-100. ISSN 2231-4261

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Background: Any chronic illness puts a person and family at risk of long term suffering, financial deple-tion and burden on the care giver.When it comes to chronic kidney disease (CKD),the sufferers have to be dependent on maintenance dialysis weekly twice or thrice that demands a lot of time and finances. Apart from that,they f ace physical symptoms of fatigue, anaemia, nausea, muscle cramps, fluctuating blood pressure and many other symptoms. They are asked to maintain a strict dietary ,fluid and medication re gimen in order to support the kidneys. Aims and Objectives: The current study aimed at exploring the lived experi-ence of persons under going haemodialysis. Material and Methods: The study was conducted among ten patients under going maintenance dialysis who were diagnosed as having chronic kidney failure from the dialysis unit of Kasturba Hospital, which is a tertiary health care centre in South Karnataka. A qualitative approach with phenomenological research design was adopted. Data was obtained through interviews using a background proforma and semi-structured interviews chedule. The data was analysed using Husserl's method. The transcripts were coded and analysed for commoncate gories and themes were deri ved out of them. Results: The themes emerged at the end of the study were mental agony ,physical limitations,coping,financial burden, lack of support, feelings to wards the machine and dialysis, search for hope and betterment, spiritual coping, marital relationship and sexuality and uncertainty and fear of tomorrow .Conclusions: The authors conclude that the individual's life is centred on negatively oriented cognitions that can be modified with theoretically oriented interventions like cognitive behaviour therapy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chronic kidney disease; Lived experience; People under going haemodialysis
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Clinical Psychology
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Nephrology
Nursing > MCON Manipal > Mental Health
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Psychiatry
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2014 09:23
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2014 09:23
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/140315

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