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Title: Quality of life in renal transplant recipients
Authors: Mifsud, Josephine
Keywords: Transplantation immunology
Transplantation of organs, tissues, etc.
Kidneys -- Diseases
Kidneys -- Transplantation
Issue Date: 2008
Citation: Mifsud, J. (2008). Quality of life in renal transplant recipients (Bachelor's dissertation).
Abstract: Purpose The purpose of this dissertation is to identify the contributing factors which enhance the quality of life of renal transplant recipients and explore the contributing factors which hinder the quality of life of renal transplant recipients. Design In order to achieve the above aim, a quantitative, cross-sectional survey design was used. The objective of this interview was achieved by collecting quantitative data through the administration of a questionnaire adopted from the WHOQL questionnaire to a sample of 42 renal transplant recipients. A response rate of 48% was achieved from this sample resulting in a sample size of 20 recipients. Findings Findings indicate that recipients lead a satisfactory way of life. However a number of factors hinder their life satisfaction. Fatigue and lack of energy frustrate renal recipients and limits them in performing their everyday tasks. Recipients experience positive feelings in their lives and seem determined not to let pain or discomfort affect them. However, they convey a degree of uncertainty regarding their future which affects their quality of life. Family support, friend support and work variables are positively correlated with life satisfaction. Recipients are very satisfied from the support they receive. However, they desire more of their personal relationships which appear to be strained. Work is only moderately satisfying. This may be due to the age of the recipients taking part in this study, the fatigue and length of time spent in hospital which hinders recipients in their work or to other factors which can be arrived at through further qualitative research. Spirituality is a prevailing factor in the life of recipients. Personal beliefs play a very important role and help recipients deal with the challenges and difficulties life brings.
Description: B.SC.(HONS)NURSING
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacHSc - 2008
Dissertations - FacHScNur - 2008

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