The Social Sciences

Year: 2016
Volume: 11
Issue: 3
Page No. 264 - 270

Social Support for the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Patients

Authors : S. Kannan

Abstract: Social support is an important, modifiable risk factor in a number of chronic illnesses including End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Increased social support has possibility of positive affect outcomes through a number of mechanisms including decreased levels of depressive affect, increased patient perception of quality of life, increased access to health care, increased patient perception of quality of life and direct physiologic impacts on the immune system. Higher levels of social support have been linked to survival in several studies of patients with and without renal disease. It might be acquired from family, friends, coworkers, spiritual advisors, health care personnel or members of one’s own community or neighborhood. The study analyses extent of care provided by family, health teams, society and community and tries to find out the limitations and suggests remedies. The study also focuses various dimensions of social support for such patients. The responses collected from the patients who visited the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, for ESRD treatment during the period, January and February 2015 are selected for this study. There are about 140 cases reported, out of which 100 cases has been selected by using simple Random Sampling Method and collected information through structure interview schedule. The study results concluded that overall social support extended by the family members, health care teams, colleagues, friends and relatives towards ESRD patients is appreciable in the study area. However, in certain cases like respondents in the old age group, among females, illiterates, respondents hailing from rural area, unmarried having more children and low income group are not able to get full social support in the study area. While, conducting the awareness camps on end stage renal disease, this group of people should be concentrated more in the region.

How to cite this article:

S. Kannan , 2016. Social Support for the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Patients. The Social Sciences, 11: 264-270.

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