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A Guide to Provide Psychological Support to Dialysis Patients and Their Families

A Guide to Provide Psychological Support to Dialysis Patients and Their Families

Medical science is creating miracles every day. All thanks to advancements in technology, children born with congenital diseases or complex health issues are able to live longer. Dialysis treatment is no exception. Medical science has excelled in kidney-related treatment too. Many dialysis centres in Nairobi Kenya are equipped with advanced equipment that makes dialysis treatment more effective. At Nephromed Speciality Healthcare, we understand the importance of providing psychological support to dialysis patients and their family throughout the difficult time. We also provide psychological support to our patients and their family members so that our patients heal faster and better.

It is not enough that nephrology patients just survive. The aim should be to improve the quality of their lives. It has been observed that the treatment affects the psychological functioning of patients at large. Limited diet and other restrictions imposed on daily living; frequent hospital admissions can create anxiety in patients. Dependency on others can result in irritability, anxiety, and depression. Some of the psychological problems observed in nephrology patients are:

  • Depression/anxiety
  • Self-esteem and social functioning
  • Behavioural problems
  • Academic and cognitive functioning

The problems can get worse if the patients feel some information is withheld from them. Apart from providing advanced dialysis in Kenya, medical professionals play a vital role in providing solid psychological support to patients.

Educate the Patient:

Educate the Patient
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When the patient is too young to understand the complications of the disease, medical professionals must provide comprehensive information about the disease and the treatment. The patients face several problems related to nutrition (like what to eat and what not) and medication. Medical professionals should provide precise information regarding diet and medicines as well. Their approach should be friendly in a way that patients can express their feelings, anxiety, fears freely, and communicate their problems effectively. Suggesting coping strategies to deal with day to day problems help patients live a hassle-free life during the course of treatment. This further helps in boosting a patient’s self-esteem.

Help Patient Accept the New Situation:

Help Patient Accept the New Situation

Every disease has an impact not only on the patient but the entire family. Medical professionals play an essential role in facilitating patients and their families to adjust to the new situation. This includes helping the patients coming to terms with their changed appearance, aiming for higher levels of independence, assessing problems faced by them in day to day life, and building up their self-esteem.

Psychological Assessment of the Patients:

The physical and emotional well-being of the patients should be regularly reassessed to ensure the interventions are working in the right direction. Rehabilitation intervention includes counseling, peer support, education about the disease, and physical therapy. It is understandable that dialysis patients undergo immense amounts of stress. Techniques to reduce and deal with stress must be effectively communicated with the patients and it should be a part of psychological assessment to periodically review stress levels of the patient.

Prepare the Patient For the Treatment:

It is important for the patient to understand the illness. For that, a medical professional should effectively communicate with the family and the patient about the illness and the treatment. During the course of treatment, one should focus on increasing the patient’s frustration tolerance, self-esteem, and independence. Family members, peers, health care providers can play a crucial role in providing support to the patient undergoing dialysis treatment. Family members’ new roles, responsibilities, and relationships should be communicated properly so that they can help the patient heal faster.

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