What are the experiences of older patients with ESRD and their family caregiver during the end of life?
The review will consider qualitative studies that include the experiences of those aged >65 years who have been diagnosed with ESRD and need dialysis. Studies including the experiences of their family caregivers in managing ESRD in older patients, as well as their interpretation of the older patient’s experiences, will be considered. Papers included in this review will include participates of the study that are i) ESRD patients over 65 years, ⅱ) their family caregivers and ⅲ) both the patients and their family caregivers. The search period will be not specified.
This review will consider studies that describe the experiences of ESRD older patients and their family caregivers. These include physical and/or psychosocial experiences, psychological reactions, financial burden, and disease complications. In addition, studies that investigate patient care and ability to manage disease, social activities, as well as met and unmet needs will be included. Their family caregivers’ interpretation of the patient’s experiences will also be considered. And the duration for the investigation is from initially facing the need for dialysis treatment to the terminal stage, regardless of their family caregiver’s age, sex and type of dialysis.