Quality of life is one of the most important aspects in the management of patients in hemodialysis. Aim: To understand the meaning of quality of life in people who require hemodialysis. Methodology: Qualitative research with phenomenological approach. Thorough interviews were done to 12 patients in hemodialysis. Interviews were recorded and transcripted, and these were performed according to Streubert, rigor criteria were protected, and the Ethics Commitment of Faculty of Nursing, Universidad Andres Bello approved it. Results: Quality of life was described in three comprehensive categories: Health, Family and Daily Activities. These outcomes comprised physical, psychological and social aspects. For patients the term “quality of life” means Keep living, because thanks to the treatment they can continue with their lives. Conclusion: To understand the meaning of Quality of life allows us wide the view of the phenomenon, and to strengthen the role of the relatives in the treatment. These essential elements need to be considered in order to support patients in hemodialysis. Thus, it is necessary to build a stronger bond between the nurse and the patient with the target to improve nursing interventions in patients and relatives.
|Translated title of the contribution||Meaning of quality of life in patients on hemodialysis therapy: A phenomenological study|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Revista de la Sociedad Espanola de Enfermeria Nefrologica|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2016|
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