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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 636-640
Effect of an educational program on awareness about peritoneal dialysis among patients on hemodialysis

1 Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, Iran
2 Imam Khomeini Training Hospital, Urmia, Iran
3 Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
4 Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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Nariman Sepehrvand
Students' Research Committee, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, West-Azerbaijan
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Several years after the initial usage of continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD), the percentage of patients using this continues to be very low constituting about 15% of all patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). In this study, we attempt to define the impact of an educational program for improving the use of CAPD. This is a quasi-experimental study (before-after) conducted with educational materials including workshop, teaching by booklet and showing educational films, performed in Urmia, Iran. We designed a questionnaire for data col­lection and enrolled 160 patients with an aim-based sampling method. We used descriptive sta­tistics and Friedman test for analysis in SPSS software version 11.5. The overall patients' infor­mation about CAPD defined by total scoring was as follows: 75% had little information; 19% had moderate information and 6% of patients were well informed. All the information levels increased after intervention. Our study suggests that the poor utilization of CAPD is due to relative un­awareness about PD and/or lack of adequate facilities.

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