Chronic renal failure among the patients cause serious problems related to both health and lifestyle. Patients with chronic renal failure remain under continuous treatment of dialysis. Patients of chronic renal failure face continuous treatment including dialysis that used to prove irritation to them, causing pain. On the other hand, they have to adopt their new health condition and have to maintain their routine according to their treatment. This factor causes a number of psychological problems to the patients. This continuous treatment has different physical, behavioral and psychological impacts on patients. On one hand they face financial constraints, their physical abilities are deteriorating and they are facing a feeling of pain while on other hand behavioral and psychological changes also occur in the patients. There are issues of self esteem as the patients cannot take part in aerobic exercises. They can not play. They have to invest time in their dialysis and for this reason sometimes they even lose their jobs. Hence Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) makes patients physically, behaviorally and psychologically ill.
Implications for Nurses
It is important for nurses to treat the disease as well as the psychological problems of the patients. Effective nurse’s interventions can help patients deal with this disease in a much better way. Nurses can psychologically treat the patient well. They can help them in feeling relief by using psychological tools of satisfying them. They should start these psychological treatments in the beginning of the treatment by looking at their physical, psychological and social life of the patients. Nurses face difficulties in gathering of information about patients to work on the treatment plan. They have to encourage the patients and have to release their stress by dealing with different kind of physical, social and psychological stressors. Sometimes, nurses face difficulties in perception of the personality of patients as they have to deal with different types of personalities. It causes difficulties in psychological treatment of patients. Sleep disorders and depressive symptoms due to fear of chronic renal failure also cause problems for nurses.