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The care of elderly patients receiving pre-dialysis treatment: a descriptive study

Caren da Silva Jacobi, Margrid Beuter, Nara Marilene Oliveira Girardon-Perlini, Arlete Maria Brentanno Timm, Jamile Laís Bruinsma, Claudelí Mistura

Abstract


Aim:  to  describe  the  views  of  relatives  regarding  the  care  services provided for their  elderly  relatives  receiving  pre-dialysis treatment.  Method: this  was  a qualitative-descriptive  study,  with  participants  including  eight  elderly  individuals  and their families who attended a uremia outpatient clinic. Data collection occurred between March and July 2013 at families’ homes and the study used genograms and circular question interviews. To analyze the data, this study used topic content analysis. Results: besides  the  regular  demands  of  aging,  families  need  to  add  pre-dialysis  treatment  to t h ei r  e l d e r l y  r e l at i v e s ’ r o u t i n e s . Th e  p o s s i b i l i t y  o f  d i a l ys i s  f o r c e s  r el a t i v es  t o  c h an g e  their roles and search for other possible solutions to the illness. Discussion: families search for alternatives within both the realm of common sense and in the spiritual world in order to meet the demands of their elderly relatives’ illness. Conclusion: family  care  for  the elderly is fundamental in the fight against renal disease and the dialog between relatives and health professionals can improve care performance.

Keywords


Geriatric Nursing; Elderly Health; Nursing Care.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.17665/1676-4285.20165437