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Self-Management of Chronic Kidney Disease: Patients shoulder the responsibility for day-to-day management of chronic illness. How can nurses support their autonomy?

Thomas-Hawkins, Charlotte PhD, RN; Zazworsky, Donna MS, RN, CCM, FAAN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
FEATURES: Chronic Kidney Disease
Abstract

OVERVIEW: Living with chronic kidney disease usually involves management of other chronic conditions, such as diabetes or hypertension, and often requires a change in the patient’s way of life: medical and emotional aspects of the disease must be handled, symptoms interpreted and reported, partnerships with health care providers forged, and new resources used. Nurses can help patients maneuver this initially frightening and sometimes difficult terrain with strategies tailored to the stage of the disease.

In Brief

Living with chronic kidney disease often requires a change in the patient’s way of life. Nurses can support patients with strategies tailored to the stage of the disease.

Author Information

Charlotte Thomas-Hawkins is an assistant professor at the College of Nursing of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Newark. She is a member of the advisory group of the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Learning System. Donna Zazworsky is manager of the diabetes care center and parish nursing program, Carondelet Health Network, Tucson, AZ. She is a member of the advisory group of the National Kidney Foundation. Contact author, Charlotte Thomas-Hawkins: charlot@rutgers.edu. The authors of this article have no other significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.