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Psychosocial Distress in Older Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease

Alston, Helen; (2018) Psychosocial Distress in Older Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Background CKD disproportionately affects older patients, and survival in older renal patients is known to be poor. Older renal patients also report high symptom burden and poor quality of life. Distress has been described as “the negative emotional experience of the individual” (National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 2010). It is a deliberately broad term, recognising that the causes of distress can be manifold. Roth et al (1998) developed a simple tool, the Distress Thermometer (DT), to identify distress associated with unmet need in cancer patients. The aim was to enable staff, who may often concentrate solely on physical health issues, to consider and discuss with patients their psychological and social needs. It has been used in many diverse settings, however it has not yet been validated for use in renal patients.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Psychosocial Distress in Older Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > Div of Medicine
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061352
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