Objective: This study presents the preliminary results and describes the structure of a training and skills development project, based on a group Social Service methodology and also on the needs of chronic kidney patients undergoing hemodialysis treatment. The goal of the project was to promote the acceptance of the disease and its related treatment, in a positive way, and the promotion of healthy living habits with a favorable impact on their life project, namely in the current state of their occupation. Participants: Thirty people participated voluntarily in the project (16 men and 14 women), aged 26 years and 77 years (M = 49.6; SD +/- 14.88), without any type of occupation. Method: There were 4 editions in different regions of Portugal. Each issue had a heterogeneous group of 7 to 10 chronic kidney patients undergoing hemodialysis treatment at a given outpatient clinic. Each edition included 6 sessions, twice a week. It was assessed both the level of participation and adherence to the project throughout the sessions, as well as the effectiveness of changing the post-project occupational situation. To measure these variables, it was monitored the adherence to the occupational response at baseline and during a period of one year. Results: At the end of this preliminary phase of the project, 50% of participants integrated occupational response. There was a total adherence of the participants to the sessions in an active and continuous way, and there were no withdrawals. Training was the occupational response with the largest number of adherence, about 27% of the participants, when compared to the other alternatives such as employment, volunteering or structured and frequent physical activity. Conclusion: This project emphasizes occupation as a primary factor in the clinical rehabilitation and social reintegration of this population in the society, with clear psychosocial benefits for the participants and introducing new challenges to the practice of Social Work.
|Translated title of the contribution||Training and reinforcement of competencies in chronic kidney disease hemodialysis patients - the program "Believe+ and keep going": preliminary results|
|Journal||Revista Portuguesa de Investigação Comportamental e Social|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2017|
- Social works with groups
- Chronic kidney disease