Patients' perceptions of their experiences with ESRD and hemodialysis treatment

Qual Health Res. 1998 Nov;8(6):764-83. doi: 10.1177/104973239800800604.


A grounded theory methodology was used to explore patients' experiences with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and hemodialysis. The emerging theory suggests that a "new sense of self" is an emotional/psychological state that fluctuates with the evolving meanings of illness and treatment and perceived quality of supports. The findings indicate that when confronted with this new way of being in the world, the individual becomes cognizant of an uncertain future, continued dependence on life-sustaining technology and the expertise of health care providers, and the demands on and sacrifices incurred by significant others. All aspects of patients' experiences with ESRD and hemodialysis treatment must be considered if health care providers are to facilitate positive health outcomes.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / psychology*
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Professional-Patient Relations
  • Prognosis
  • Quality of Life
  • Renal Dialysis / psychology*
  • Self Concept
  • Sick Role*
  • Social Support