Title

The lived experience of social support groups of a client undergoing hemodialysis

Date of Completion

2004

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Renal Dialysis, Psychosocial Support Systems

Abstract

This study used the phenomenological approach of qualitative research. A one-on-one interview with the participants selected using purposive sampling technique was conducted using a tape recorder to gather information. The recorded conversations were transcribed verbatim. Colaizzi’s phenomenological methodology was used in the analysis of data. The study concluded that the respondents expressed different ways on how they give support to a relative or friend who is undergoing a treatment such as hemodialysis. They have shared their own little ways on showing that they care and they are always at the side to support and give strength to surpass the trial. The respondents shared the common idea on the importance of support and love provided by the family and friends to the patient. Family is very important to human beings. Going through a difficult time, such as having a chronic illness, requires continuous medical intervention and the family provides the support to have the hope to live and survive. Whatever such illness brings, knowing that the patient has family and friends who provide support makes the patient feel very blessed and becomes a source of hope to recover and get well. The people who stood by the side of patients undergoing hemodialysis, the social support groups, play very significant roles in assisting the patient and providing the physical, emotional, and financial needs.

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