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Revista de la Sociedad Española de Enfermería Nefrológica

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ANDREU PERIZ, Lola; GRUART ARMANGUE, Paqui  and  SANCHEZ-SALIDO, Lia Tamar. Nursing view of the psychosocial needs of carers of people undergoing Peritoneal Dialysis. Rev Soc Esp Enferm Nefrol [online]. 2007, vol.10, n.1, pp.47-52. ISSN 1139-1375.

Due to age and recurrent pathologies, many people on the Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis programme need the full or part-time assistance of a carer, and therefore the view of professionals in relation to the carer and his or her needs is fundamental in order to offer adequate healthcare. In order to identify and describe the view of nursing staff responsible for the peritoneal dialysis programmes with regard to the psychosocial needs of the main carers of people who undergo this form of treatment, semi-structured interviews of 7 renal nursing professionals were carried out, using a guideline with open questions. The qualitative analysis of their responses suggests that in order to implement family participation in care efficiently, personalized organization and institutional support are essential; attention to the family is one of the nursing activities that is not usually valued and for which staff responsible for PD sometimes feel alone and with insufficient resources. For major problems, such as tiredness of the carer, solutions were indicated such as seeking places outside the home where the patient can undergo the technique temporarily.

Keywords : Continuous ambulatory peritoneal; Dialysis; Carer; Qualitative analysis; Pyschosocial needs.

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