Goal: To provide an overview of a valid and reliable instrument used to measure stressors of patients with chronic kidney disease, identify those stressors, and determine which coping strategies were used and effective in the study.
Define psychological stress.
Discuss two instruments used to measure stress and coping of patients with chronic kidney disease.
Explain effective coping strategies used by patients with chronic kidney disease.
Note: This study was funded by the ANNA 2005 Research Grant.
Acknowledgments: The authors would like to acknowledge Kerri Gallo, RN, and Lindsay Daniel, nursing student, for their assistance with the data collection; and Joanne Clark, for her assistance with the manuscript.
Statements of Disclosure: The authors reported no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this continuing nursing education article.