The purpose of this study was to explore relationships between hope and social support of hemodialysis treatment in uremia outpatients. A cross-sectional correlational design was used. The sample consisted of 102 patients undergoing long-term hemodialysis who were recruited from a hemodialysis center in Taipei,Taiwan. The research instruments included the Herth Hope Index (HHI) and the International Support Evaluation (ISEL). Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-tests, pearson correlations, and simple regression. There were several major findings of this study. Hemodialysis patients were found to have a medium level of hope and social support. Social support predicted hope in these patients. Among the demographic factors, age, educational levels, and work status were significantly related to levels of both hope and social support. However, no differences for either hope or social support were found among factors related to patients’ gender, marital status, and religious beliefs. In addition, the length of time the patient had been on hemodialysis was not related to levels of hope or social support. The findings of this study will assist nurses with understanding levels of hope and social support in hemodialysis patients. Health care professionals may need to offer appropriate nursing interventions, in order to enhance patients’ levels of social support and hope. Important implications for nursing practice and nursing education as well as directions for future studies were discussed in this study.
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Publication status||Published - 2004|