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Which strengths do hemodialysis patients use to self-manage their everyday life?

Stewing, Sebastian (2020) Which strengths do hemodialysis patients use to self-manage their everyday life?

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Abstract:Hemodialysis patients are exposed to incisive implications on their everyday life due to their dialysis treatment. To maintain a satisfactory quality of life, they are required to engage in continuous self-management activities and need to be aware of internal and external strengths they can utilize for their everyday caretaking. Using their strengths to engage in self-management activities may empower the everyday coping behavior of hemodialysis patients. This study aimed to investigate which strengths hemodialysis patients use to self-manage their everyday life. A qualitative study design was chosen, and semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten participants of mixed gender and varying ages. Participants were asked about their person, their coping behavior, and their strengths. The interviews were audio recorded, transcribed verbatim, and analyzed using inductive coding. The findings show that participants use several self-management strategies (n=5), internal strengths (n=7), and external strengths (n=2). Self-management strategies evolved around practical issues to integrate the dialysis treatment into the everyday life. Among the strengths it was emphasized that receiving social support, persisting and accepting treatment implications, and maintaining a positive attitude stood out most. Consequently, participants were able to increase their levels of psychological, emotional, and social well-being.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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