Hemodialysis is the most common treatment in patients with end-stage chronic kidney disease and the wide accessibility of this therapy has prolonged the patients’ lifespan. However, it involves alterations in their emotional sphere and, often, a reduction in therapeutic compliance as the chronicity of kidney disease requires lifestyle changes difficult to maintain in the long term. The management of a chronic medical condition is in fact a complex process that necessarily requires multidisciplinary action.
The concepts of “Self-efficacy” and “Self-management” fall within the Self-Determination Theory and are relevant in this context because they refer to the beliefs that everyone has about their abilities to control behavior and determine the success in adhering to prescribed therapies.
Furthermore, the promotion of self-efficacy and self-management through an educational approach that makes use of so-called “eHealth” tools can help develop greater self-awareness in dialysis patient, a better control over their care choices and an increased adherence to therapeutic-dietary indications.
This article aims at highlighting the importance of implementing an approach based on eHealth in the management of hemodialysis patients. It also wants to raise awareness of the related multidisciplinary theories to be applied in this clinical context to promote greater therapeutic adherence, and therefore a better quality of life and care.
Keywords: self-efficacy, self-management, hemodialysis, kidney disease, eHealth