Volume 15, Issue 4 (September 2012)                   AMUJ 2012, 15(4): 47-62 | Back to browse issues page

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Ghadami A, Memarian R, Mohammadi E. A qualitative study of hemodialysis as a grueling experience versus kidney transplantation as a rebirth. AMUJ. 2012; 15 (4) :47-62
URL: http://amuj.arakmu.ac.ir/article-1-1336-en.html
Assistant Professor Tarbiat Modares University , memarian.dr@gmail.com
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Background: Prevalence and incidence of end stage renal diseases requiring renal replacement therapies such as dialysis and kidney transplantation is on the rise. However, no qualitative research studies have been done to explore the experiences of people living with dialysis and kidney transplant in depth. Therefore, this qualitative study was done to explore the experiences of patients living with dialysis and those with kidney transplant. Materials and Methods: This qualitative study was carried out through content analysis approach. Sampling was done from the beginning and continued until data saturation. Semi-structured interviews were tools of data collection. A total of 18 participants were interviewed. The interviews were analyzed through Graham and Landman content analysis method. Results: After analyzing the data, two main themes including, dialysis, a grueling event, and renal transplantation, a normal life with healthy kidney transplant, were reported. Conclusion: Compared with hemodialysis, receiving a kidney through transplantation provides a significantly more pleasant quality of life for patients. However, there are certain obstacles in transplantation and graft survival in the views of transplantation patients. Hence, it is suggested that health officials design programs to provide support and instruction to facilitate the process of kidney transplantation for eligible patients even before entering the dialysis stage.
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Type of Study: Qulitative | Subject: Nursing
Received: 2011/10/1 | Accepted: 2011/12/1

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