Psychosocial factors may cause peritoneal dialysis patients to drop out, study reveals | Photo credit: Pixabe & nbsp
Washington: Contrary to previous research, a recent study found that many patients who usually withdraw from peritoneal dialysis do so for psychosocial reasons. Louisiana State University Health New Orleans Re-Study Study Published in American Journal of Medicine.
Of the 83 patients enrolled in the peritoneal dialysis program, 27 were evaluated by the research team as reasons for withdrawal between 2016 and 2018. Twenty-four percent or 86 percent are African Americans. They found that mental health factors such as anxiety and depression, loss of support networks, or inability to tolerate the number of treatment sessions required for peritoneal dialysis accounted for about 63% of the dropout rate due to controllable factors.
According to the National Institutes of Health, peritoneal dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure that uses the lungs in the abdomen to filter blood from the body. The dialysis solution flows through a catheter into the stomach, where it absorbs the waste before it can drain. The procedure should be done four to six times a day. Patients can have peritoneal dialysis at home, at work, or while traveling.