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Living with chronic kidney disease and renal replacement therapy 

Living with chronic kidney disease and renal replacement therapy
Living with chronic kidney disease and renal replacement therapy

Althea Mahon

, Karen Jenkins

, and Lisa Burnapp

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date: 20 June 2021

Psychological impact of chronic kidney disease and treatment

Quality of life

Altered body image



Managing challenging behaviour



Transition to adult care

Health promotion


Employment/educational institutions

Holidays and overseas travel

Physical fitness and exercise

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People with CKD experience different emotions and face many challenges both physical and emotional, whether it be commencing dialysis or undergoing a Tx. Each individual responds to these situations in their own way and may find it difficult to cope living with a chronic condition that has no cure and to accept a new, more regimented life as a result of medications, dialysis, and other clinical factors, e.g. diet and fluid restrictions. They may experience feelings of loss for their declining kidney function, lack of self-worth, and believe that they are no longer a valuable and contributing member of their family or community. It is common for people to go through a grieving process and express an array of emotions (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) at different stages in their disease: at time of diagnosis, commencing RRT, undergoing a Tx, and at the EOL....

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