Exploring sexuality in women undergoing dialysis: a qualitative approach

Mirliana Ramírez-Pereira, Mónica Ferrada Muñoz, Alicia Villalobos Courtin, Patricia Soto Malabrigo
2018 Revista de Nefrología, Diálisis y Trasplante  
Chronic kidney disease is a condition that affects both patients and their families in every aspect of life. One of them which has not been much explored and which bears a direct relation with life quality is sexuality in patients undergoing dialysis. Methods: A qualitative study within the post-positivist paradigm and from the perspective of a grounded theory was conducted. The in-depth interview was used as a data collection technique. Seven women on dialysis participated. Objective: The main
more » ... aim of this research was to explore sexuality in female patients undergoing dialysis. Results: After examining the interviews, the following categories were identified: corporality, sexual practice limitations, sexual practice adaptations, risk of infections, self-esteem, kind of couple relationship and fear of the future. Conclusions: For women on dialysis, sexuality is a fundamental aspect of their lives, which should be considered in the training of healthcare staff working in the renal area. Further research is suggested regarding women on peritoneal dialysis and with a greater number of participants.
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