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Illness perceptions of Turkish Cypriot patients receiving haemodialysis: A qualitative study

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Renal Care
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Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2020

Abstract

Background: Illness perceptions refer to cognitive appraisals that help patients
understand and make sense of their condition. Although their importance in health behaviour and outcomes has been evidenced, less is known about cultural influences on mental representations of kidney failure amongst patients receiving haemodialysis in different settings.

Objective: To explore the illness perceptions of Turkish patients receiving haemodialysis in North Cyprus (Turkish Cypriots).

Design: A qualitative study involving individual semistructured interviews.
Participants: Fourteen patients receiving haemodialysis, recruited from three state hospitals in North Cyprus.

Approach: All interviews were conducted in Turkish, audio‐recorded, and transcribed verbatim. They were analysed inductively in the original language using reflexive thematic analysis. Once the analysis was completed, it was translated into English. Quality assurance was integral to the research process to retain semantic equivalence.

Findings: Three themes were developed. “Illness appraisal” highlighted a lack of factual knowledge about kidney failure and how this is related to attempts at sense‐making, whilst retaining hope for the future. “Life‐changing effects” centred around the negative consequences of haemodialysis across multiple domains (e.g., emotional and physical).“Active coping strategies” focused on mechanisms that patients adopt to manage the burden of haemodialysis, particularly approaches that are culturally rooted.

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This is a peer reviewed version of the following article which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/jorc.12351. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.

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