Chronic Kidney Disease and Older African American Adults: How Embodiment Influences Self-Management
AbstractPatients living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) must balance the medical management of their kidney disease and other chronic conditions with their daily lives, including managing the emotional and psychosocial consequences of living with a chronic disease. Self-management is critical to managing chronic kidney disease, as treatment consists of a complex regimen of medications, dosages, and treatments. This is a particularly important issue for older African American adults who will comprise a significant portion of the older adult population in the coming years. Yet current conceptualizations of self-management behaviors cannot adequately address the needs of this population. Embodiment theory provides a novel perspective that considers how social factors and experiences are embodied within decision-making processes regarding self-management care among older African Americans. This paper will explore how embodiment theory can aid in shifting the conceptualization of self-management from a model of individual choice, to a framework that cannot separate lived experiences of social, political, and racial factors from clinical understandings of self-management behaviors. This shift in the conceptualization of self-management is particularly important to consider for CKD management because the profound illness burdens require significant self-management and care coordination skills. View Full-Text
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Hamler, T.C.; Miller, V.J.; Petrakovitz, S. Chronic Kidney Disease and Older African American Adults: How Embodiment Influences Self-Management. Geriatrics 2018, 3, 52.
Hamler TC, Miller VJ, Petrakovitz S. Chronic Kidney Disease and Older African American Adults: How Embodiment Influences Self-Management. Geriatrics. 2018; 3(3):52.Chicago/Turabian Style
Hamler, Tyrone C.; Miller, Vivian J.; Petrakovitz, Sonya. 2018. "Chronic Kidney Disease and Older African American Adults: How Embodiment Influences Self-Management." Geriatrics 3, no. 3: 52.
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