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World Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016, 4(2), 40-46
DOI: 10.12691/jpm-4-2-3
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Examination of the Nursing Theses on Practices of Complementary and Supportive Medicine for Individuals Undergoing Hemodialysis in Turkey: A Literature Review

Sevil BICER1, and Gülsüm Nihal ÇÜRÜK2

1Erciyes University Health Science Faculty, Department of Nursing, Kayseri, Turkey

2Izmir University of Economics, Faculty of Health Science, Department of Nursing, Izmir, Turkey

Pub. Date: December 09, 2016

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Sevil BICER and Gülsüm Nihal ÇÜRÜK. Examination of the Nursing Theses on Practices of Complementary and Supportive Medicine for Individuals Undergoing Hemodialysis in Turkey: A Literature Review. World Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2016; 4(2):40-46. doi: 10.12691/jpm-4-2-3

Abstract

Aim: The aim of this study was to examine the nursing theses on practices of complementary and supportive medicine for individuals undergoing hemodialysis (HD) in Turkey and light the way for nursing practices and other related future studies. Background: Practices of complementary and supportive medicine have also been involved in the treatment especially abroad and recently in Turkey for the purpose of controlling the symptoms of individuals undergoing hemodialysis, increasing their life quality and adherence to therapy, and minimizing the negative effects of the disease and the treatment. Design: Literature review. Methods: In the study, the data were collected by primarily reviewing the literature and then searching Database of the Higher Education Council National Thesis Center with keywords of “hemodialysis”, “complementary”, “alternative treatments”, “acupress”, “aromatherapy”, “massage”, and “reflexology”. At the end of the search, 11 theses written in Institute of Health Sciences Department of Nursing between 2009 and 2015 were determined and the identity information of these theses was reached. Results: According to the study results, it was found that practices of complementary and supportive medicine were effective upon individuals undergoing hemodialysis (the blood pressure regulation, decreased the symptoms of fatigue, pain, cramp and pruritus, as well as the stress and anxiety levels, and increased the sleep quality). Conclusion: It was determined that different complementary and supportive medicine practices used in the theses provided the blood pressure regulation, decreased the symptoms of fatigue, pain, cramp and pruritus, as well as the stress and anxiety levels, and increased the sleep quality in individuals undergoing hemodialysis.

Keywords:
complementary and supportive methods hemodialysis nursing

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