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Enfermería Nefrológica

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ALVAREZ VILLARREAL, Miriam; CHOCARRO GONZALEZ, Lourdes; VELARDE GARCIA, Juan Francisco  e  PALACIOS CENA, Domingo. The experience of having a central venous catheter for hemodialysis: qualitative study. Enferm Nefrol [online]. 2018, vol.21, n.2, pp.146-154. ISSN 2255-3517.


Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a disease that involves the gradual and irreversible loss of kidney function. The existence of adequate vascular access for hemodialysis is fundamental to guarantee a survival of the patients. Gender differences exist with respect to the epidemiology, evolution and prognosis of chronic kidney diseases. There are differences in the responses and perspectives of women on CKD.


To describe the experience of patients with CKD on hemodialysis; their experience as holders of a central venous catheter (CVC), and if there are gender differences in the responses and experiences of the holders.

Material and Method:

Qualitative phenomenological study was applied. Purposeful sampling was used and in-depth interviews was applied by researchers. Also, thematic analysis was used to qualitative data analysis.


CKD has a great impact on the patients’ lives. All patients report their preference about the use of CVC, are aware of the involvement in the treatment and their life expectancy, and are concerned about the viability and safety.


There are gender differences, especially in the impact of the disease and treatment at work and in their level of autonomy and activity.

Palavras-chave : chronic kidney disease; central venous catheter; hemodialysis; gender identity; qualitative research.

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