Journal of Renal Care

Cover image for Vol. 43 Issue 1

Edited By: Nicola Thomas

Online ISSN: 1755-6686

Virtual Issue-Psychological Issues

Psychological issues in renal care


Many people with kidney disease experience a whole range of emotions and behaviours when faced with the challenges of dialysis or transplantation. For many, the understanding of these issues by health care practitioners is one of the most important aspects of their care.

This virtual issue focuses on ‘Psychological issues in renal care’ highlighting previously published papers from the Journal of Renal Care that have focused on this crucial topic: The Journal of Renal Care is the Journal of the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/European Renal Care Association (EDTNA/ERCA).

This international Association celebrated its 40th Anniversary in September 2011 at a three-day conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia. One of the Keynote Speakers at the 40th Anniversary conference was Dr Nathan Levin, an American physician and founder of the Renal Research Institute, a research institute dedicated to improving the outcomes of patients with kidney disease, particularly those requiring dialysis. His presentation explored why patient outcomes differ so much, both nationally and internationally. He concluded by saying that

"Unmeasured actions of nursing and medical personnel and attention to the psycho-social environment of the dialysis unit may both be highly significant in improving outcomes in patients in whom overall dialysis treatment is adequate by all current quality standards."

This issue includes ten papers that explore all the differing therapies undertaken by people who have kidney disease. One of the topics covered is psychological care during pre-dialysis, home dialysis and transplantation. There are also three papers that explore the potential for burn-out and stress experienced by health care professionals. Most importantly there are two papers that are written by an individual who has the condition. In light of Dr Levin’s assertions that patient outcomes might be related to psycho-social interactions in the dialysis unit, this virtual issue is a fascinating read.

Evaluation Of Psychological Outcomes Following The Intervention ‘Teaching Group’: Study On Predialysis Patients
Josep Maria Gutiérrez Vilaplana, Alessandra Zampieron, RN, BSN, MSN, Lourdes Craver, et al.

Patients’ Experience Of Transition Onto Haemodialysis: A Qualitative Study
Annie Mitchell, BSc, MA, MSc, AFBPsS, CPsychol, Paul Farrand, BA, PGCert, PhD, AFBPsS, CPsychol, CSci,Hayley James, BSc, MSc

The Flip Side Of The Coin—A Doctor's Experience Of Renal Failure
Duncan Thomas, MD

Riding the Emotional Rollercoaster: Renal Transplant From A Doctor's Perspective
Duncan Thomas, MD

Nurse–Patient Communication While Performing Home Dialysis: The Patients’ Perceptions
Maria Lúcia Araújo Sadala, PhD, MA Ed, RN1, Marcelo Guimarães Miranda, RN2, Marisa Lorençon, MSc Nephrology, RN3

Depressive Symptoms And Dietary Adherence In Patients With End-Stage Renal Disease
Amani A. Khalil PhD, RN, Susan K. Frazier PhD, RN, Terry A. Lennie PhD, RN

Who Cares…………For The Carers?
Mike Kelly P G Dip.

Survey on Violence And Aggression Prevention And Management Strategies In European Renal Units
Alessandra Zampieron, Maria Saraiva, Rebecca Pranovi

A Survey Of Stress, Job Satisfaction And Burnout Among Haemodialysis Staff
Jamie Ross, BSc (Hons), Julia Jones, BA (Hons), PhD, Patrick Callaghan, RN, BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Job Satisfaction, Stress And Burnout Associated With Haemodialysis Nursing: A Review Of Literature
Bronwyn Hayes RN, MHIthSci , Ann Bonnet RN, BAppSc, MA, PhD, MCRNA