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Ph.D. thesis shows why patients subjected to dialysis face their illness in different ways
Date:1/10/2011

occurs with those who respond with deliberate adaptation: they live with less stress under dialysis and the good social support network which they have is key to their better emotional progress. In fact, they have more trust in others and are able to face up to the experience they are going through with greater positivism.

The role of the family is important

The personal resources (the cognitive, emotional and psychological elements) which each patient has condition the way in which the illness is confronted and quality of life is perceived. But so do contextual factors or external resources, such as the previously mentioned social support. Ms Ruiz de Alegra particularly highlighted good family support, as this helps to lessen the negative perception of the patient with respect to the repercussions of the chronic illness and to facilitate management of emotional unwellness.

Professional support and the concomitant doctor-patient relationship is also important, especially as regards willingness to accept treatment.

Better with peritoneal dialysis

The method of dialysis to which the patient is subjected also has repercussions on him or her. This is one of the most novel conclusions of the PhD thesis, having enabled the demonstration of hitherto undescribed differences between haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, from a health psychology perspective.

Haemodialysis is an in-hospital treatment which treats the blood directly, while peritoneal dialysis can be carried out by the patient in his or her own home, involving infiltrating the dialysis liquid into the peritoneal cavity by means of a catheter. The research concludes that, a year after initiation of treatment, patients on haemodialysis indicate less satisfaction, freedom and control over their lives than those on peritoneal dialysis. Thus, it was concluded that peritoneal dialysis has a less negative impact on the lives of persons than haemodialy
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