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How perceived feelings of 'wellness' influence the decision-making of people with predialysis chronic kidney disease

Campbell-Crofts, S and Stewart, G 2018 , 'How perceived feelings of 'wellness' influence the decision-making of people with predialysis chronic kidney disease' , Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 27, no. 7-8 , pp. 1561-1571 , doi:

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Aims and objectives:To identify the subjective meanings attached to decisions made by people living with chronic kidney disease as they consider their transition to renal replacement therapy.Background:Within the challenging world of chronic illness, people draw upon their temporal life experiences to help them make the best or most balanced primary healthcare decisions. Understanding the risks and benefits associated with these decisions has been an area of intense interest in health research.Design:An exploratory qualitative descriptive design.Method:A convenience sample of twelve people, at stages 3B to 5 of chronic kidney disease, attending two predialysis renal clinics in Sydney, Australia, consented to be interviewed. The semi-structured interviews centred on their decision-making experiences as they considered their transition to renal replacement therapy.Results:Three themes emerged from participant narratives which have been framed into the following questions: (i) Do I need renal replacement therapy? (ii) What is the "right" renal replacement therapy for me? and (iii) When should I start renal replacement therapy? Decisions about the transition to renal replacement therapy were impacted upon by the participants' perceived feelings of wellness and the belief that renal replacement therapy would not be needed at any time in the foreseeable future.Conclusion:This study highlights the importance of optimising person-centred care and raises important issues for the education and management of people with chronic kidney disease in the predialysis stages of the illness.Relevance to clinical practice:In order to facilitate the transition to renal replacement therapy, renal clinicians have a responsibility to more fully understand the patient journey during the predialysis stages of chronic kidney disease. A clearer understanding of patients' perceptions and decision-making experiences creates a space for mutual understanding. This is essential for the future development and implementation of collaborative, person-centred educational strategies and long-term renal healthcare outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Campbell-Crofts, S and Stewart, G
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Clinical Nursing
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 0962-1067
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