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Which strengths do dialysis patients use to deal with their illness?

Paschke, Lena (2018) Which strengths do dialysis patients use to deal with their illness?

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Abstract:Having renal failure has many consequences, patients have to deal with. Little knowledge exists about actual personal strengths which are used by dialysis patients. Objective of this qualitative study was to find out which strengths dialysis patients use to deal with their disease, how they use them and what they find the best way to identify those personal strengths. In this qualitative study, ten dialysis patients were recruited for individual interviews. The most important strengths were persistence, experiencing positive emotions and autonomy. To examine how the participants used their strengths, the three tasks of self-management were used as basis. For the first task (medical management) discipline, autonomy and having persistence were the most important strengths. The second task of creating and maintaining new life roles did not apply to participants in this study. For regulating emotions, participants used autonomy, persistence, positive emotions and family as strengths. Participants showed little interest in potential strengths-based interventions because the approach seems to be unknown and dialysis patients hesitated to request more help from health-care providers. Findings are in line with results from previous research that showed strengths such as positive emotions, persistence and optimism to be important when it comes to chronic diseases and confirmed their importance. This study also contributed to a more detailed insight regarding patients with renal failure and their personal strengths. More research is needed to expand the knowledge about personal strengths and dialysis patients to examine if further differences come into existence when characteristics such as age and gender are taken into account. The general interest and needs of dialysis patients on strengths-based interventions should also be subject of future research.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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