Starting on haemodialysis: A qualitative study to explore the experience and needs of incident patients

Alden Yuanhong Lai, Angela Ping Ping Loh, Nandakumar Mooppil, Deby Sarojiuy Pala Krishnan, Konstadina Griva

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Dialysis can be very stressful with the initial months onto treatment being highly critical in terms of both adaptation and mortality. This qualitative study aimed to explore the lived experiences of incident haemodialysis patients in Singapore. Topics related to the end-stage renal disease diagnosis and haemodialysis treatment were raised with 13 incident haemodialysis patients in the form of semi-structured interviews, and interpretative phenomenological analysis was undertaken as the framework for data analysis. Emotional distress, treatment-related concerns and social support emerged as main issues following a critical review of themes. Our study revealed that incident haemodialysis patients have emotional and informational needs, highlighting the importance of intervention programmes in particular to this patient group to promote better psychosocial adjustment to the disease and its treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)674-684
Number of pages11
JournalPsychology, Health and Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


  • ESRD
  • adjustment
  • haemodialysis
  • incident
  • psychosocial
  • qualitative

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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