International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Impact of Knowledge, Attitude and Behavior among Maintenance Hemodialysis Patients for Adherence to Dietary Regimen – A Single Centre Experience
Bhavana Shailendranath, Dr. Ushadevi C., Dr. Prashant G. Kedlaya

Chronic Kidney Disease is a global public health problem. Malnutrition is common among dialysis population with serious consequences to quality of life and also leading to mortality. There is inadequate data regarding the effect of nutritional intervention on knowledge, attitude and behavioral patterns of patients with respect to adherence to renal dietary regimen. The present study is a pilot study in Indian hemodialysis population to ascertain the knowledge of renal dietary regimen impacting their attitude and behavioral aspects at our tertiary care center. We found that knowledge, attitude and behavior of diet and fluid adherence are independent variables. There is no correlation between knowledge, attitude and practice of renal dietary recommendations among maintenance hemodialysis population at our tertiary care centre. There was poor adherence to potassium and fluid restriction. Perhaps consistent monitoring and repeated nutritional intervention in these group of patients might improve the behavioral pattern with regards to renal dietary regimen.

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