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Healthcare 2017, 5(3), 36; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare5030036

Through the Patients’ Eyes: The Experience of End-Stage Renal Disease Patients Concerning the Provided Nursing Care

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Department of Nursing, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Estavromenos, Irakleio, 71004, Greece
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Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, Alexander Technological Educational Institute, Sindos 574 00, Greece
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Department of Nutrition & Dietetics, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Estavromenos, Irakleio, 71004, Greece
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Academic Editors: Joanne Reid and Helen Noble
Received: 17 May 2017 / Revised: 10 July 2017 / Accepted: 19 July 2017 / Published: 21 July 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Socio-Economic Impact of End Stage Kidney Disease)
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Abstract

Chronic kidney disease is a condition that affects both the physical and mental abilities of patients. Nursing care is of pivotal importance, in particular when end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients are concerned, since the quality of the provided care may severely influence the patient’s quality of life. This is why it is important to explore patient experiences concerning the rendered care. However, limited up-to-date studies have addressed this issue. The aim of the present study was to stress the experiences of ESRD patients concerning the provided nursing care in the hemodialysis unit at the University Hospital in Heraklion, Crete. A qualitative methodological approach was used, based on the principles of phenomenological epistemology. Semi-structured interviews were conducted, and open-ended questions were applied to record how patients experienced the rendered care during dialysis. The recorded data were analyzed via qualitative content analysis, which revealed three main themes: ‘Physical Care’, ‘Psychological Support’ and ‘Education’. Patients’ views were conceptualized into sub-themes within each main theme. The interviews revealed the varied and distinct views of ESRD patients, indicating that the rendered care should be individualized. View Full-Text
Keywords: chronic kidney disease; hemodialysis patients; nursing care; qualitative study; patient experience; ESRD; renal disease; nephrology nurse; nephrology care chronic kidney disease; hemodialysis patients; nursing care; qualitative study; patient experience; ESRD; renal disease; nephrology nurse; nephrology care
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Stavropoulou, A.; Grammatikopoulou, M.G.; Rovithis, M.; Kyriakidi, K.; Pylarinou, A.; Markaki, A.G. Through the Patients’ Eyes: The Experience of End-Stage Renal Disease Patients Concerning the Provided Nursing Care. Healthcare 2017, 5, 36.

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