Negotiating living with an arteriovenous fistula for hemodialysis

Texas Woman's University Houston, Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing, Houston, TX, USA.
Nephrology nursing journal: journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association (Impact Factor: 0.62). 01/2010; 37(4):363-74; quiz 375.
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The purpose of this study was to examine how clients with end stage renal disease on hemodialysis negotiate living with an arteriovenous fistula. A fistula is the preferred access for hemodialysis, and clients must continually monitor and protect their fistula. In this qualitative, ethnographic study, data were collected during fieldwork and semistructured interviews. Constructivism and a cultural negotiation model provided frameworks for the study. Fourteen clients were interviewed; interviews lasted 1.5 to 4 hours. Results revealed new insights into informants'perspectives and experiences with a vascular access. The overarching theme was vulnerability, and underlying themes were body awareness, dependency, mistrust, and stigma. The response to vulnerability was to be continually vigilant and assertive to protect the holistic self Stigma of the vascular access was an important issue for informants and evoked the greatest emotional responses.

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    • "In particular, the younger patients experienced a change in their body image and selfconcept , which resulted in them avoiding social interactions with others. Other studies of patients with end-stage renal failure also found that worrying about changes in one's appearance affected this group's social life, creating a psychological stress that reduced the quality of life (Al-Arabi, 2006; Richard & Engebretson, 2010). A major finding of this study was that the hemodialysis device created limitations in the patients' freedom, as a dependency on medical equipment created a trap. "
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