Title

The lived experiences of patients with chronic renal failure undergoing hemodialysis: a phenomenological study

Date of Completion

2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Keywords

Renal Dialysis, Psychosocial Functioning

Abstract

This study used the phenomenological approach of qualitative research using purposive sampling technique. The researchers conducted several interviews with the informants using an audio tape with consent. Guided by Colaizzi’s method, the researchers transcribed and encoded the information, extracted the significant statements, formulated meanings and developed themes and subthemes. The study concluded that the participants expressed their significant experiences as hemodialysis patients, which included their different reactions, the physiologic changes, their coping mechanisms, their sources of strength and support, and the lingering thoughts in their minds. Despite all the unpleasant situations that the participants were experiencing, they managed to cope using different strategies and they had their own family to lean on, which made them survive in all their struggles from the start of their condition.

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