Using images to communicate the hidden struggles of life on dialysis

Bennett, Paul N., Bonner, Ann, Andrew, Janet, Nandkumar, Jyotsna and Au, Catherine 2013, Using images to communicate the hidden struggles of life on dialysis, Journal of communication in healthcare, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 12-21.

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Title Using images to communicate the hidden struggles of life on dialysis
Author(s) Bennett, Paul N.
Bonner, Ann
Andrew, Janet
Nandkumar, Jyotsna
Au, Catherine
Journal name Journal of communication in healthcare
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Start page 12
End page 21
Total pages 10
Publisher Maney Publishing
Place of publication Leeds, England
Publication date 2013-03
ISSN 1753-8068
1753-8076
Keyword(s) communication
dialysis
metaphor
nursing
qualitative research
Summary Background Nurse‐patient communication in the hemodialysis context is unique given the amount of time spent together in a confined clinical room. Poor communication may lead to low-quality nursing care and undesirable patient outcomes.

Aim To explore the use of images as a visual communication technique for nurses and patients in the hemodialysis context.

Methods Descriptive qualitative design. Fifty-two cards containing specific photos, illustrations, and words were used to facilitate conversations about being on hemodialysis between patients (n = 9) and two nurse interviewers. Interview transcripts were thematically analysed.

Findings An overall theme titled ‘revealing the hidden struggles of living on dialysis’ conceptually captured three sub-themes: (1) the increased importance of relationships; (2) the struggle with money; and (3) quality over quantity of life. The cards assisted in uncovering these often covert (to nurses) aspects of dialysis patients' lives.

Conclusion Nurses may need to be aware of the dialysis patients' hidden struggles which include the importance of relationships, financial issues, and the importance of quality aspects such as travel. The use of images may assist in revealing the important issues for each patient struggling with the restrictive life that is imposed by dialysis.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052410

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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