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Texto & Contexto - Enfermagem

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KNIHS, Neide da Silva et al. The experience of patients who need renal transplantation while waiting for a compatible organ. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2013, vol.22, n.4, pp.1160-1168. ISSN 0104-0707.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-07072013000400035.

The aim of this study was to understand the experience of patients with chronic renal failure, who were included in a list of subjects waiting for a kidney transplant. This is an exploratory, descriptive, and qualitative study, with phenomenology as theoretical basis. Twenty patients have undergone hemodialysis as a renal replacement therapy. These subjects were active while they waited for a kidney transplant. Analysis of material obtained in this study allowed us to understand the fear and insecurity of these patients in view of both dialysis treatment and the possibility that a compatible donor is not found. They have shown faith strength and courage while using self-care to stay well when transplanting arrived. They idealized a new life, a fresh start, away from the machine for hemodialysis. The present study has detected a need for monitoring, by an interdisciplinary team, of patients included in waiting lists in order to help them experiencing such wait.

Keywords : Nursing; Transplantation; Renal insufficiency, chronic.

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