How do patients cope with chronic kidney disease?

Kidney failure has a serious impact on the lives of patients, who have to deal with many long-term physical and mental stressors. However, there are no established standards for addressing stressors and supporting effective coping strategies for patients dealing with kidney failure. Using qualitative interview data from the Empowering Patients on Choices for Renal Replacement Therapy (EPOCH-RRT) Study, researchers investigated how patients cope with kidney disease, with the goal of improving support for patients.

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