Husbands Living with Women on Dialysis: Embracing their Transformed Life

Husbands Living with Women on Dialysis: Embracing their Transformed Life

Husbands Living with Women on Dialysis: Embracing their Transformed Life

Husbands Living with Women on Dialysis: Embracing their Transformed Lifes

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Pelletier-Hibbert, Maryse L. 2013. «Husbands Living with Women on Dialysis: Embracing their Transformed Life». Mémoire de maîtrise, Montréal, Université McGill, Faculté de médecine, École de sciences infirmières Ingram.

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1. Objectifs


Intentions :
«The study’s purpose was twofold: (1) to identify the main concern of husbands/partners adapting to living with women on dialysis, and (2) to explore how husbands/partners adjust to this main concern.» (p. 31)

Questions/Hypothèses :
«The overall research question for this study was “what is the process of adjusting to living with a wife/partner undergoing dialysis treatment for kidney failure?”» (p. 31)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
L’étude est basée sur la participation de «[e]ighteen husbands, who spoke French and/or English, [and that] met the inclusion criteria of living with women on dialysis.» (p. 34) «Recruitment of potential participants took place in three hospitals in two Maritime Provinces and through the media over a period of two years.» (p. 35)

Instruments :
Guide d’entretien semi-directif

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse de contenu

3. Résumé


«The changes impacted roles and responsibilities at home and work, social and recreational activities, finances, relationships with their spouse and others, home environment, daily routines, and future plans, as well as health and/or sleep patterns. Although the impact of these changes created many hardships for husbands, witnessing their wives’ suffering was more distressing. In response, these men involved themselves in supporting their wives and engaging in the basic social process of embracing their transformed life. The four stages of embracing a transformed life are becoming aware, involving themselves, centering life on their wives, and striving to achieve balance. The marital relationship, the women’s health status, as well as the presence of informal support and formal support are conditions which significantly influenced the process. The theory of embracing a transformed life provides a framework for understanding and explaining the complex interplay of strategies undertaken by these husbands to respond to, adjust to, and integrate changes in their daily and future lives. [This study] contributes towards closing an existing gap in knowledge and the findings underscore the husbands’ abilities to learn and carry out complex roles, responsibilities, and routines that require sophisticated observation, decision making, and technical and problem-solving skills.» (p. ii)