The impact of acceptance of illness on quality of life outcomes for haemodialysis patients
Carol Stalker 1,2, Professor James Elander 1, Professor Kathryn Mitchell 1
Professor Paul Stewart 1, Professor Maarten Taal 2,3, Dr Nicholas Selby 2,3
1 University of Derby, 2 Centre for Kidney Research and Innovation, University of Nottingham,
3 Department of Renal Medicine, Royal Derby Hospital
How patients accept illness is important for helping people manage conditions that cannot be improved through medication or therapies.
Evidence from a range of chronic conditions suggests that more positive acceptance of illness facilitates improvements in patients’ quality of life (QoL).
For patients’ receiving haemodialysis, the treatment is essential for survival, yet how patients adapt to dialysis can influence both clinical and psychological outcomes. It is therefore important to assess the role of acceptance and related factors among haemodialysis patients so that acceptance-based interventions, specifically tailored for dialysis, can be developed.
This study aimed to assess how acceptance influences QoL for haemodialysis patients.