Hemodialysis Patients' Experience of Adapting to Dietary Therapy

혈액투석 환자의 식사요법 적응 경험

  • Received : 2016.04.08
  • Accepted : 2016.06.20
  • Published : 2016.06.30


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the meaning of the experience of adapting to the dietary treatment for hemodialysis patients. Methods: The data were collected through in-depth interviews of ten hemodialysis patients who have been dialyzed for longer than five months. Giorgi's phenomenological method was used for data analysis. Results: The findings included five constituents and 16 sub-constituents. The five constituents concerning diet therapy were: 'suffering', 'undergoing trial and error', 'understanding the need', 'finding alternatives', and 'realizing the meaning of dietary therapy.' Conclusion: The findings contribute to understanding the process of adapting to diet therapy. The results of this study may be utilized in assisting patients to understand the diet therapy process.


Diet therapy;Adaptation;Hemodialysis;Phenomenology;Renal replacement therapy


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