Stressors and coping methods among chronic haemodialysis patients in Hong Kong
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AbstractThe purpose of the study was to determine the stressors and coping methods of chronic haemodialysis patients in Hong Kong. Relationships among treatment-related stressors, coping methods and length of time on haemodialysiswere explored.
Fifty subjects completed the Haemodialysis Stressor Scale (HSS) and Jalowiec Coping Scale (JCS).
Results revealed that limitation of ¯uid was the most frequently identified stressor, followed by limitation of food, itching, fatigue and cost.
The most common coping methods are `accepted the situation because very little could be done', followed by `told oneself not to worry because everything would work out fine' and `told oneself that the problem was really not that important.' It was found that the traditional philosophies of the Chinese - Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism - share an approach to the understanding and management of life stressors as different from that adopted by Western philosophies.
The findings of this study can further facilitate nurse practitioners in providing support, information, and alternative solutions when assisting patients in coping with long-term haemodialysis.
School of Nursing
Journal of clinical nursing, 2001, v. 10, no. 4, p. 503-511