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Social Support and Demographic Factors Influencing Compliance of Hemodialysis Patients1
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 20, Issue 22, pages 1902–1918, December 1990
How to Cite
Boyer, C. B., Friend, R., Chlouverakis, G. and Kaloyanides, G. (1990), Social Support and Demographic Factors Influencing Compliance of Hemodialysis Patients. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 20: 1902–1918. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1990.tb01517.x
This research was conducted as part of the first author's Ph.D. thesis requirement under the direction of the second author at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and was supported in part by the American Heart Association of the State of New York in a grant award to the second author (#88–039G).
The authors wish to express their appreciation to the staff of the Dialysis Units at University Hospital at Stony brook and The Veterans Administration Medical, Northport, New York for their cooperation and support of this research. Dana Bramel, Ph.D., R. Lorraine Collins, Ph.D., Barbara Goldberg, Ph.D., and Gerald Schulman, M.D., served on the dissertation committee of the first author and are thanked for their contributions on an earlier phase of this work. They also wish to thank George Stone, Ph.D., Lawrence Cohn, Ph.D., and A. Susan Clarke, Ph.D., for their thoughtful comments on an earlier draft of this paper. Also, Nancy Mendell, Ph.D., and Michael Palij, Ph.D., are thanked for the consultations on statistical analyses. Finally, but principally we wish to thank the patients who participated in this research.
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The relationships between measures of social support, demographic and situational factors, and regimen compliance were examined among 60 in-center hemodialysis patients. Data were obtained from structured interviews, self-report questionnaires, and information from the medical records of each patient. Correlational analyses indicate that social support is significantly related to regimen compliance, as measured by potassium, phosphorus, and blood urea nitrogen (BUN). Contrary to prediction, this relationship disappears when the effects due to the demographic and situational factors are first removed from the regression equations. Age, gender, and length of time on dialysis are also significant predictors of compliance. These findings suggest