Fluid control in patients on dialysis is an important predictor of outcome but is a difficult restriction to achieve. The authors examined the association between dialysis staff encouragement and fluid control adherence in patients on hemodialysis.
This cross-sectional study used the dialysis staff encouragement subscale (DSE). The outcome measure was intradialytic weight loss (IWL) of dry weight (DW), with nonadherence defined as IWL/DW greater than 5.7%. Predictors of nonadherence were identified using logistic regression. Odds ratio (OR) was for the occurrence of nonadherence as it correlated with a one standard deviation (SD) decrease in scale score.
Seventy-two patients on hemodialysis participated, 45 men (62.5%) and 27 women. The crude OR in DSE score was 1.75 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.02 to 3.0) and adjusted odds ratio was 2.51 (95% CI: 0.99 to 6.34).
Dialysis staff encouragement is important in improving fluid control adherence.