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Revista de la Sociedad Española de Enfermería Nefrológica

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ESCOBAR GARCIA, Mª José; QUINTAS RODRIGUEZ, José  and  GUERRERO GONZALEZ, Ofelia. Preparation of a guide for recipients of renal transplants as a goal in health education. Rev Soc Esp Enferm Nefrol [online]. 2006, vol.9, n.2, pp.06-10. ISSN 1139-1375.

Organ transplants are nowadays an increasingly frequent form of therapy, in which Nursing plays an essential role, as the area responsible for care and Health Education, which have been two of our main objectives in the renal Transplant Unit in the Hospital. In order to provide the training, assurance, self-care and incorporation to normal life of the recipient of the transplant, a guide was drawn up to provide transplant patients with the necessary knowledge to adapt to the new situation after the transplant, the aims of which are: • To provide the patient with the necessary technique and efficient skill in handling new treatments and situations. • To reduce the anxiety and anguish caused by lack of knowledge and information on the transplant processes. • To avoid situations of risk that could arise as a result of the insecurity and lack of adequate training. Previously, the opinion of all the transplant patients in our Hospital admitted to our Unit was collected. Their information priorities were established, and an educational guide was drawn up that tries to overcome the main nursing diagnoses that may arise when it is time for the transplant patient to go home. The guide has been drawn up in simple and clear terms, understandable to patients of all social and cultural levels; we hope to contribute with it to increasing the quality of life of renal transplant patients, by increasing their independence in this new state and encourage nurse-patient interaction, to settle their main doubts, promoting self-care and helping them in their adaptation to the changes that will take place in their life and their return to social integration and work.

Keywords : renal transplant; nursing diagnosis; health education; quality of life.

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