Self-care strategies to reduce fluid intake and control thirst in hemodialysis patients.

J. L. Welch, J. Davis

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The purpose of this pilot study was to describe how often hemodialysis (HD) patients used particular self-care strategies to reduce fluid intake or relieve thirst, how effective each strategy was perceived to be, and whether they planned to use that strategy in the future. A cross-sectional descriptive design was used. The sample of 20 participants from one Midwest dialysis unit verbally responded to the self-care items that were presented. Most of these patients reported they regularly avoided the sun, took medications with mealtime fluid, limited salt on their foods, avoided salty foods, stayed busy, stayed away from fast food restaurants, drank ice-cold drinks, and drank only when thirsty to reduce fluid intake and relieve thirst. They also planned to use these strategies in the future. Interestingly, the strategies perceived as most effective--measuring daily allotted fluids in a pitcher to drink from all day, spacing liquids over the entire day, and measuring the amount of fluid they drank--were not the same as those they used most. Replication of these findings with larger samples is strongly recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-395
Number of pages3
JournalNephrology nursing journal : journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2000

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