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Nephrol Nurs J. 2014 Sep-Oct;41(5):495-7.

Application of Dorothea Orem's Theory of Self-Care to the Elderly Patient on Peritoneal Dialysis.


Due to improvements in health care and increasing life expectancy, a greater number of elderly patients need renal replacement therapy. Dorothea Orem's Theory of Self-Care is an appropriate model to guide healthcare providers addressing the unique capabilities of this generation. The utilization and promotion of peritoneal dialysis as a therapy option offers the elderly an improved quality of life with a greater sense of self-worth. Literature has shown the elderly have superior technique and similar peritonitis-free survival rates as the younger population.

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