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Keywords

African American, empirical phenomenology, end-stage renal disease, nursing, spirituality, support systems

 

Authors

  1. Nix, Elizabeth Seaton

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Numerous quantitative studies have been conducted with African Americans (AAs) receiving hemodialysis. This article shares a portion of a larger qualitative study that explored the role spirituality plays in the lives of AAs undergoing hemodialysis for management of end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Interview questions centered on the roles of spirituality, health beliefs, and different social support systems used in coping. By understanding the perceptions of AAs with ESRD, nurses and other providers can offer better support.