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Self-efficacy in hemodialysis patients and its related factors

Journal of Nursing and Midwifery
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BackgroundEnd-stage-renal-disease (ESRD) patients treated by hemodialysis require major lifestyle changes and self-efficacy in the treatment regimen to comply with their chronic illness. Clients’ perception of being self-efficient results in increased self-care activities and adherence to medical regimen. Although client’s self-efficiency can affect on outcomes of the disease, few study is available in this regard. Purpose This descriptive correlational study was carried out to identify self-efficacy of hemodialysis patients and its related factors. Methods200 patients referring to healthcare setting affiliated with Iran Medical University were selected by convenience sampling method. A tool, Guidelines for Health Promotion, was used to assess self-efficacy in the treatment regimen. The tool was made reliable by test-retest method. ResultsFindings showed that self-efficacy was correlated with educational level, dialysis duration and weight difference between 2 dialysis sessions. In contrast, no correlation was found between self-efficacy and age as well as sex. Conclusion The study showed a significant relationship between self-efficacy and some personal characteristics of patients. Thus, it is necessary for nurses to assess self-efficacy of their patients. In addition, nurses are in a key position to influence on self-efficacy of their patients and improve self-care activities of them. To achieve these, they can provide necessary instructions for their clients to control stress and emotional as well as physical stimulations. Keywords: Self-efficacy, Chronic renal disease, Hemodialysis, Nursing.

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