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Title: The Suffering of Advanced Chronic Renal Patients and Their Relationship with Symptoms in Loja, Ecuador.
Authors: Bonilla-Sierra, Patricia
Vargas-Martínez, Ana Magdalena
Leon-Larios, Fatima
Arciniega Carrión, Joselin Valeria
Jiménez Alverca, Tatiana Cecibel
de Las Mercedes Lomas-Campos, María
González-López, José Rafael
Keywords: chronic renal disease;palliative care;symptoms
metadata.dc.subject.mesh: Ecuador
Health Personnel
Palliative Care
Prospective Studies
Issue Date: 16-May-2021
Abstract: Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease (ACKD) supposes a public health problem in Ecuador that requires a comprehensive approach. In view of the scarcity of studies on the subject in this country, the objective of this research was to determine the signs and symptoms associated with the patients' physical, social and psychological spheres that allow properly developing palliative care. A longitudinal, prospective and observational study was conducted with ACKD patients. In order to assess the symptomatic burden and suffering of these patients, the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System Revised: renal (ESAS-r) for renal patients and the Distress Thermometer (DT) were used. The sample consisted of a total of 246 patients. The most common symptoms that affect them, causing them suffering in their daily lives, are those related to well-being, difficulty falling asleep and itching. It is necessary that health professionals adapt care measures and help patients undergoing renal treatment, especially those who have suffered the disease for a longer period of time, in order to alleviate the patients' suffering and therefore improve their daily lives. To such an end, a care plan could be designed that includes early palliative care.
metadata.dc.identifier.doi: 10.3390/ijerph18105284
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