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Wellbeing and lifestyle in transplantation (WALT): selected themes from a qualitative study

Publication Type : Journal Article

Source : Journal of Kidney CareVol. 8, No. 1, 2023

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Campus : Amritapuri

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Year : 2023

Abstract : Lifestyle impacts the health of kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) who are at risk of weight gain, post-transplantation diabetes mellitus and dyslipidaemia. Their capacity to self-care is key to adapting the lifestyle choices that impact their health. Aims: This qualitative study aimed to understand KTRs’ lifestyle choices in relation to their post-transplant life and explore the impact of support provided by healthcare professionals (HCPs) and significant others on KTR's self-care. Methods: The project involved 33 participants who were involved in one of five focus groups, or 15 one-to-one semi-structured interviews. The participants were KTRs who had received a transplant over 6 months or more ago, their significant others and healthcare professionals. Participants were all selected from one UK transplant centre. Purposive sampling ensured both a diversity of KTRs and a range of professionals participating, with data analysed using thematic framework analysis. Findings: The authors report on a number of selected themes. These themes draw from a larger, more extensive analysis and conceptual framework concerning health, wellbeing and lifestyle, and they identify how effective health communicative interactions and health literacy plays an integral role in developing KTRs’ self-care. Conclusion: Supporting KTR's lifestyle choices post-transplant involves building self-care capacity through effective health communication and health literacy.

Cite this Research Publication : Lina R Johansson, Shone Surendran, Helen Croker, Swetal Dronsfield, Louise Goff, James Hutchinson, Nicola Thomas, Michelle Willicombe, Athina Belsi
"Wellbeing and lifestyle in transplantation (WALT): selected themes from a qualitative study", Journal of Kidney CareVol. 8, No. 1, 2023

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