Lived experiences of patients on hemodialysis: a meta-synthesis

Nephrol Nurs J. Jul-Aug 2012;39(4):295-304; quiz 305.


Patients on hemodialysis may experience physical, psychological, and relationship changes. The objective of this meta-synthesis was to analyze and synthesize findings from qualitative studies of lived experiences of patients on hemodialysis. Ten articles were included in the final review. Four themes emerged as a result of synthesizing the findings of those studies: having a physical shackle in life, feeling mental and emotional distress, relying on a hemodialysis machine, and dealing with problems.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Health Status*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / nursing
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy*
  • Renal Dialysis* / nursing
  • Renal Dialysis* / psychology