Manipal Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences


Introduction: Majority of patients with Chronic Renal Failure (CRF), Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) depends on their family and friends, to manage their chronic illness throughout the course of illness. Appropriate home care of CKD can help to prevent or delay the progression of illness. Methods: A pre-experimental study with quantitative approach was undertaken on 45 care givers of CKD patients with the objective to study the improvement in competency regarding home care through administration of an instructional programme and information booklet. The program and the booklet consisted information on nutritional management, rest and exercises, psychological support and communication, fistula care, maintaining skin integrity and maintaining fluid and electrolyte balances in CKD patients. Subsequently knowledge and skills of care givers regarding care at home was assessed. Results: The mean difference of knowledge score was statistically significant (‘t’= 19.156), at 0.05 level of significance. The mean difference in practice score was statistically significant at 0.05 level of significance. The results suggested that instructional programme regarding home care was effective in terms of enhancing knowledge and practice score among care givers of CRF patients. Conclusion: Educating the caregivers of CKD patients about importance of specialized care will help in providing optimum care in patients of CKD.

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