Open and honest discussions about kidney transplantation recommended for people undergoing haemodialysis
- Public Health Primary Care and Food Policy, City University London, UK
- Correspondence to: Nicola Thomas
Public Health Primary Care and Food Policy, City University London, 20 Bartholomew Close, London EC1A 7QN, UK;
Implications for nursing practice and research
▪ This small (n=16) qualitative study showed that people undergoing dialysis were focused on receiving a kidney transplant. Renal nurses should have open and honest discussions about kidney transplantation with patients who are receiving dialysis, as waiting time for a transplant can be lengthy with mixed outcomes.
▪ Nurses should support people on dialysis by helping them to integrate dialysis into their lives rather than ‘being on hold’ while waiting for a transplant.
▪ Information given about likely transplantation waiting times should be realistic and individualised. For example, people from ethnic …