A Self-Care Educational Intervention To Improve Knowledge of Dietary Phosphorus Control in Patients Requiring Hemodialysis: A Pilot Study

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Abstract

The purpose of this pilot study was to improve knowledge of dietary phosphorus control in patients requiring hemodialysis The evidence-based literature suggests that non-adherence to phosphorous control in diets is a major health concern for patients who require hemodialysis because they have limited kidney function. Phosphorus tends to accumulate rather than be excreted. A self-care educational intervention was used in a pilot study (N = 10) to increase patients' knowledge about low phosphorous diets to promote dietary adherence. The outcome of this study was evaluated by a pre-test/post-test of patients' knowledge about phosphorus in the diet. A positive gain in knowledge was realized related to the intervention.

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