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Attitudes of patients with End-Stage Renal Disease towards dialysis and renal transplantation in young and old patients
Gerontology & Geriatrics [Hebrew] (2015)
  • Israel Doron, Prof., University of Haifa
  • Or Mano, MA, University of Haifa
Abstract
Introduction: End-stage renal disease is considered to be a complex chronic disease. It significantly impacts the quality of life of both patients and their families. The rise of life expectancy increased the number of older persons with end-stage renal disease. The aging of the population has also contributed the social phenomenon of "ageism". Goals: The goals of this study were to answer the following research questions: are there differences in patients' attitudes towards health-care resource allocation (i.e. dialysis / kidney transplants) for young v. old patients? To what extent these attitudes are an outcome of the patients' social group identity? And to what extent are they an expression of ageism? Methods: The research used a quantitative methodology. The sample was a convenience sample which included 106 participants, all of them end-stage renal disease patients receiving chronic dialysis treatments in the Department of Nephrology at the Rambam Health Care Campus. Participants were given a closed questionnaire that included two similar "case-vignettes" with only one significant difference: that age of the patients Findings: The finding of this study showed that the participants expressed attitudes which gave preference to younger patients over the older patients in the context of health-care resource allocation. Discussion: The findings of this study support the need for better public knowledge in the field of ageing and ageism. There is also a need to increase the awareness to the factual dimensions of the aging process, in order to change public prejudices toward old age.
Keywords
  • Ageism
Disciplines
Publication Date
Summer 2015
Citation Information
Israel Doron and Or Mano. "Attitudes of patients with End-Stage Renal Disease towards dialysis and renal transplantation in young and old patients" Gerontology & Geriatrics [Hebrew] Vol. 42 Iss. 1 (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/israel_doron/79/