PATRICIA SAND, PH.D.; GOODHUE LIVINGSTON, PH.D.; ROBERT G. WRIGHT, M.D.
Within the last 5 years technological and medical improvements have made it possible to use long-term dialysis as a treatment technique (1-4). The clinical literature suggests that psychological characteristics of the patients, as well as technical and medical aspects of care, affect the practicability of a chronic hemodialysis program.
In order for chronic dialysis to be successful, a complex adjustment must be made which demands intelligent co-operation and emotional acceptance on the part of the patient. Significant adjustment problems have been reported in the literature which range from inadequate co-operation with medical requirements to severe depression (5, 6), and apparent
SAND P, LIVINGSTON G, WRIGHT RG. Psychological Assessment of Candidates for a Hemodialysis Program. Ann Intern Med. ;64:602–610. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-64-3-602
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1966;64(3):602-610.
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