Goal: To describe the association between hemodialysis patient self-management behaviors and functioning and well-being.
List self-management behaviors used by patients on hemodialysis.
Compare and contrast protective/proactive self-management strategies and cooperative/ participatory self-management strategies.
Discuss the significance of patient knowledge and physical and mental functioning.
Note: This research was conducted by the Life Options Rehabilitation Program, administered by the Medical Education Institute, and supported by an educational grant from Amgen Inc.
Acknowledgments: The authors gratefully acknowledge the dialysis social workers who assisted with subject recruitment and the study participants for their contributions of time and personal experiences. They also thank Research manager Kristi Klicko for her dedication and skillful management of this project.