The experiences of suffering of end-stage renal failure patients in Malaysia: a thematic analysis.


Unit of Palliative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. [Email]


BACKGROUND : The population of end-stage renal failure (ESRF) receiving dialysis treatment is increasing worldwide. For most patients with ESRF, dialysis can extend their life. However, treatment can be demanding and time-consuming. Despite dialysis treatment, many patients continue to experience various sufferings.
METHODS : A qualitative study was conducted with semi-structured interviews to explore the experiences of suffering of ESRF patients on maintenance dialysis in Malaysia. The results were thematically analyzed.
RESULTS : Nineteen ESRF patients were interviewed. The themes and subthemes were: (I) physical suffering-physical symptoms and functional limitations, (II) psychological suffering-the emotions and thoughts of suffering, (III) social suffering-healthcare-related suffering and burdening of others and (IV) spiritual suffering-the queries of suffering.
CONCLUSIONS : These findings may help healthcare professionals to fill in the gaps in the delivery of best renal palliative care.


Malaysia,Suffering,dialysis,palliative care,renal failure,

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