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Living with chronic renal failure: Coping with physical activities of daily living
Njurmedicin Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences, Studies in Adult, Popular and Higher Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5066-8728
2004 (English)In: Advances in Physiotherapy, ISSN 1403-8196, Vol. 6, no 4, 147-157 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Several studies have shown that patients with chronic renal failure have a reduced physical exercise capacity compared to the expected norm. In a previous study, we described and analysed the various ways in which patients with chronic renal failure experienced their physical/functional capacity and their daily life situation. It became evident that the patients experienced their physical capacity as limiting in their daily life. Coping has been proposed as an important mediating factor with regard to adaptation to illness. In the present study, our aim was to describe and analyse the qualitatively different coping strategies used by these patients to be able to perform physical activities in their daily life. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were used to collect data, which were then analysed according to a phenomenographic approach. Results: Three overarching coping strategies were discerned and categorized through the analysis, scheduling, adjusting pace and avoiding. The strategies were problem-focused, and the patients used active-, avoidant- and social-support coping strategies. Conclusions: As there is a relationship between coping and health, knowledge of the various coping strategies is important with regard to the establishment and implementation of appropriate rehabilitation interventions for patients with chronic renal failure.

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2004. Vol. 6, no 4, 147-157 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-22904DOI: 10.1080/14038190410019540Local ID: 2256OAI: diva2:243217
Available from: 2009-10-07 Created: 2009-10-07 Last updated: 2013-09-03

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