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The effect of holiday haemodialysis treatments on patient mood, adverse symptoms and subjective wellbeing using the Big Red Kidney Bus

Sims, Jane, Bennett, Paul, Ockerby, Cherene, Ludlow, Marie, Fairbairn, Jo, Wilson, Anne and Kerr, Peter G 2016, The effect of holiday haemodialysis treatments on patient mood, adverse symptoms and subjective wellbeing using the Big Red Kidney Bus, Nephrology, In Press, pp. 1-21, doi: 10.1111/nep.12811.

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Title The effect of holiday haemodialysis treatments on patient mood, adverse symptoms and subjective wellbeing using the Big Red Kidney Bus
Author(s) Sims, Jane
Bennett, PaulORCID iD for Bennett, Paul orcid.org/0000-0001-9174-3499
Ockerby, Cherene
Ludlow, Marie
Fairbairn, Jo
Wilson, Anne
Kerr, Peter G
Journal name Nephrology
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 21
Total pages 21
Publisher Wiley Blackwell
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2016-05
ISSN 1440-1797
Keyword(s) end-stage kidney disease
haemodialysis
holiday dialysis
quality of life
subjective wellbeing
Summary BACKGROUND AND AIMS: People with end-stage kidney disease receiving haemodialysis are restricted to holidays where dialysis services are readily available. Holiday dialysis in regional, rural and remote areas is particularly challenging. The aims of this study were to (1) evaluate the wellbeing of those who received dialysis in a holiday haemodialysis bus, and (2) to measure patient wellbeing with that of a comparable cohort of haemodialysis patients. METHODS: A three machine haemodialysis bus, the Big Red Kidney Bus, was built to enable people, their families and carers to take holidays across a range of tourist destinations in Victoria, Australia. Measures included pre-post subjective wellbeing, dialysis symptoms and mood questionnaires complemented by post semi-structured telephone interviews. RESULTS: Participating holidaymakers were positive about the haemodialysis bus service and the standard of care experienced. They reported decreased dialysis side effects of fatigue, muscle cramp, and dry skin. The overall number of reported symptoms decreased and the perceived level of bother associated with symptoms also decreased. No changes in subjective wellbeing and mood were detected. Mean Personal Wellbeing Index scores were significantly higher than in a comparative haemodialysis sample. CONCLUSION: The Big Red Kidney Bus provided a safe and feasible holiday dialysis service. Holidaymakers' wellbeing was reflected by the decreased dialysis patient side effects.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/nep.12811
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1103 Clinical Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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