Racial/ethnic differences in illness, perceptions in minority patients undergoing maintenance hemodialysis.

Youngmee Kim, Lorraine S. Evangelista, Linda R. Phillips, Carol Pavlish, Joel D. Kopple

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This study examined whether racial/ethnic differences in illness perceptions exist among patients on maintenance hemodialysis. One hundred sixty-one patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) undergoing maintenance hemodialysis (20% African Americans, 44% Hispanics, 9% Filipinos, and 27% Koreans) completed the Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire. Korean participants had higher emotional disturbance than their counterparts, whereas African-American participants had higher negative perceptions of personal intervention or medical treatment controlling their disease. This study indicates that patients from different racial/ethnic backgrounds undergoing maintenance hemodialysis may perceive their disease differently. This phenomenon could affect clinical outcomes and may require different therapeutic approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-48; quiz 49
JournalNephrology nursing journal : journal of the American Nephrology Nurses' Association
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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