Kidney recipients experiences before during and after kidney transplantation: a qualitative explorative study using in-depth interview and participant observation

Charlotte Nielsen, Hanne Agerskov (Member of author group), Claus Bistrup (Member of author group), Jane Clemensen (Member of author group)

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Kidney transplantation is considered to be the best treatment for terminal renal insufficiency. Kidney transplant patients report higher quality of life because they avoid regular dialysis treatment that causes side effects, complications, restrictions and limitations in their daily lives. After the transplant, there is often a need for less medication and the possible side effects of the immunosuppressant treatment are outweighed by the increased quality of life. The transplant is a milestone, but the whole process is based on close contact with the health services, before and after the kidney transplant, through outpatient visits and during possible hospitalization, which can occur due to complications or disease progression.
To explore the coherence of the kidney transplant process in order to explain the lived experiences of kidney recipients before, during and after kidney transplantation.
Participant observation and semi-structured individual interviews was conducted with kidney recipients before, during and after kidney transplantation. Data analysis is inspired by Ricoeur's interpretation theory on three levels: Naive reading; structural analysis and critical interpretation and discussion.

The experiences of the kidney recipients will be presented in the emerging themes from the analysis supported by citations from field notes and interviews. Data analysis is ongoing, and will be ended with in a few months. The results will be presented at “Nordisk Njurmedicinsk Vårkonferens 2017”. The preliminary results in relation to the experiences of the kidney recipients describe the kidney transplantation process as a complex process containing both medical, psychological and relational issues.
Translated title of the contributionNyrerecipienters oplevelser før, under og efter nyretransplantation: En kvalitativ eksplorativ undersøgelse med dybde interview og deltagerobservation
Original languageEnglish
Publication date24. Apr 2017
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 24. Apr 2017
EventNordisk Njurmedicinsk vårkonferens 2017, Visby - Visby Strand, Visby, Sweden
Duration: 24. Apr 201726. Apr 2017


ConferenceNordisk Njurmedicinsk vårkonferens 2017, Visby
LocationVisby Strand
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