Quality of Life for a Patient with Renal Failure Case Study by Nicky

Looks at quality of life issues in the case of an elderly woman Mrs. E.S. with severe renal failure, who must undergo hemodialysis three times a week.
# 150859 | 3,155 words | 17 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 29, 2012 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Aging (Gerontology)

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This paper explains that, like this case of Mrs. E.S., renal failure is often diagnosed in its chronic phase and, in older patients, is associated with a number of comorbid implications, which create important socio-psychological quality of life issues that play a significant role in the management and treatment of these patients. Next, the author reviews these quality of life factors that are a combination of the patient, her living environment and especially her family. The paper underscores the importance in the nursing management of severe renal failure patients of applying Watson's Theory of Human Caring, which recommends a holistic and integrated view of caring for the patient as a unique individual.

Table of Contents:
Case Study
The Impact on Family
Overview of the Relevant Literature
Gaps, Implications for Nursing Practice and Recommendations

From the Paper:

"Importantly, a number of studies stress that the quality of life should also be considered from an experiential and existential point of view. This has a bearing as well on the nursing management of these patients and is an aspect that has been relatively neglected in contemporary treatment. For example, Ashby at al.( 2005) state that some elderly patients withdraw from dialysis treatment as a result of difficultly in discussing their fears and doubts with medical staff and family. Some have deep religious convictions that they feel are not appropriate to share in a medical and nursing context. This means that a more inclusive and interpersonal methodology is necessary in many cases.
"This also relates to the issue of faith and religious perceptions in the treatment process. Studies such as Faith by James Dette ( 2008) emphasize the importance of this dimension and its relationship to a more integrated and holistic approach. An article entitled Developing a renal supportive care team from the voices of patients, families, and palliative care staff ( 2008) explores the concept of a Renal Supportive Care Team, which is "... designed to elicit and provide for the needs of dialysis patients and their families throughout the trajectory of their illnesses." The results of this study provide insight into the more integrated and humanistic approach which is the central focus of this paper."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Acute kidney failure. Retrieved October 2, 2009, from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000501.htm
  • Ashby et al. (2005) Renal dialysis abatement: lessons from a social study.Palliative Medicine, 19.
  • Bednarsk D. ( 2009) Integrating a Culture of Caring Into a Technologic World. NEPHROLOGY NURSING JOURNAL, 36(3).
  • Beeson C. et al. ( 2008) Chronic kidney disease in older people: diagnosis, pathogenesis and management. Reviews in Clinical Gerontology, 18, pp. 245-256.
  • Belguza K. et al. ( 2007) Nonadherence With Diet and Fluid Restrictions and Perceived Social Support in Patients Receiving Hemodialysis. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 39(3).

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APA Format

Quality of Life for a Patient with Renal Failure (2012, April 29) Retrieved December 09, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/case-study/quality-of-life-for-a-patient-with-renal-failure-150859/

MLA Format

"Quality of Life for a Patient with Renal Failure" 29 April 2012. Web. 09 December. 2023. <https://www.academon.com/case-study/quality-of-life-for-a-patient-with-renal-failure-150859/>