Essay on Home Hemodialysis

1461 Words May 16th, 2011 6 Pages
Qualitative and Quantitative Articles on Home Hemodialysis Elizabeth Hetherington Northeastern University

Receiving hemodialysis in the in-patient or outpatient setting is uncomfortable and non-pleasurable. Thankfully, “the movement of medical care out of institutional settings into patients’ homes has increased in most industrialized countries as part of the general emergence of self- care options in the
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28). The same topics were covered in the focus groups, which was conducted by a different member of the team. Eight participants engaged in the focus groups, none of which participated in the interviews. Marie Angela Visaya, on the other hand, looked at 49 ESRD patients at an outpatient hemodialysis unit in Ontario. The quantitative cross-sectional descriptive research design distributed, “study packets, which consisted of a prepared letter explaining the study, the JPAT, and the Patient Perception Survey” (Visaya, 2010, p. 24). JPAT is a “questionnaire consisting of 38 assessment items in six sections” (Visaya, 2010, p. 25), which assesses the suitability of candidates for hemodialysis. The information obtained by using the JPAT, “provides the home dialysis nurse the opportunity to determine the patient’s physical strength to handle the equipment and supplies, dexterity, vision, and communication skills” (Visaya, 2010, p. 25). The Patient Perception Survey “measured the patient’s behavioral intentions, the patient’s attitude, the patient’s subjective norms, and the patient’s perceived behavioral control” (Visaya, 2010, p. 25). This survey is based on the Theory of Planned Behavior. Halifax et al. (2009) found five main themes which, “appeared central to the NHHD training experience, including anxiety, peer support, empathy and

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