Title

Contrasting Perceptions of Home Dialysis Therapies Among In-Center and Home Dialysis Staff

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

5-1-2016

Journal

Nephrology nursing journal : journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association

Volume

43

Issue

3

Abstract

Home dialysis offers many advantages over in-center dialysis, but peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis are infrequently used. To better understand why, a survey of dialysis healthcare professionals (N = 273) in the United States was conducted to assess their knowledge, perceptions, and beliefs about home dialysis modalities. Most survey respondents demonstrated a lack of knowledge about home dialysis and perceived many barriers to home therapy, which may affect patient modality choice; however, 90% of respondents stated they would choose home dialysis for themselves if they required dialysis. Additional staff education may help reduce misperceptions, address knowledge gaps, and subsequently, increase use of home modalities.

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