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PILGER, Calíope; RAMPARI, Edicléia Martins; WAIDMAN, Maria Angélica Pagliarini  and  CARREIRA, Lígia. Hemodialysis: its meaning and impact in the elderly life. Esc. Anna Nery [online]. 2010, vol.14, n.4, pp.677-683. ISSN 1414-8145.

The aging process used to be restricted to developed countries, but nowadays it has been occurring faster and in developing countries too. The manifestation of noncommunicable diseases may lead to functional changes with higher complexity such as, Chronic Kidney Disease. The aim of this study was to understand the meaning of hemodialysis for elderly with chronic kidney disease and the impact of this therapy in their lives. This is an exploratory research with a qualitative approach. Twenty-two elderly undergoing hemodialysis were interviewed. A structured interview model containing open questions was used to collect data. The results were analyzed using Bardin's Thematic Analysis. Two categories emerged: the meaning of being an elderly undergoing hemodialysis; and the impact of hemodialysis in the elderly's lives. This research highlighted that hemodialysis affects the daily life of elderly causing social limitations concerning their occupations, eating and cultural habits and also influencing their mental health.

Keywords : Health of the Elderly; Renal Dialysis; Aging; Nursing Care.

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