Barbara M Wilson

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A disturbingly high prevalence of single or bilateral lower extremity amputations in our program prompted us to conduct a study to identify the prevalence of risk factors that predispose patients on hemodialysis (HD) to foot problems. The study consisted of a one-time assessment of subjects' risk for and actual prevalence of amputation. The sample consisted(More)
Depression in patients with end-state renal disease (ESRD) is both underdiagnosed and treated, which may contribute to an increase in morbidity and mortality. Efforts aimed at screening, diagnosing, and treating depression could potentially modify outcomes in this population. The purpose of this study was to compare the prevalence of depression, as measured(More)
The tertiary care nurse practitioner/clinical nurse specialist (NP/CNS) is an advanced practice nurse with a relatively new role within the health-care system. It is stated that care provided by the NP/CNS is cost-effective and of high quality but little research exists to document these outcomes in an acute-care setting. The clinical coverage pattern by(More)
Despite the availability of clinical guidelines for the timing of dialysis initiation in both the United States and Canada, patients continue to start dialysis at very low levels of predicted glomerular filtration rate (GFR). A cross-sectional study was performed to determine the demographic and clinical characteristics of patients who started hemodialysis,(More)
This qualitative study explored stressors experienced by individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Individuals on hemodialysis were asked to share their recollections regarding stressors they experienced as they approached dialysis. Content analysis was used and the following themes emerged: (a) stressors; (b) emotional responses; (c) learning,(More)
Nephrology nurses, like nurses in other areas, are impacted by the stress in their work environment. As recruitment and retention issues become more apparent, research in the area of conditions of work life for nephrology nursing has emerged, as an important area of study. Burnout has been reported as high as one in every three nephrology nurses (Flynn,(More)
The native arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is the "gold standard" for hemodialysis (HD) vascular access. Unfortunately, AVFs can develop complications including inadequate maturation, cannulation difficulties and needle infiltration. In an effort to increase successful cannulations, decrease complications and subsequent central venous catheter (CVC) use, our(More)
AIM This secondary data analysis aims to determine whether stressful experiences and coping behaviours differ across age, gender and education level and if sociodemographic factors are independently associated with coping behaviour after controlling for stress. BACKGROUND Chronic kidney disease is stressful for individuals and their families; however,(More)
Nephrology, like others areas of health care, is confronting a nursing shortage. Unless action is taken to address nursing shortages, patient care may be negatively affected (American Nephrology Nurses' Association, 2007). Previous studies have been conducted on magnet hospital traits, quality of nursing worklife, empowerment, job satisfaction, burnout,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Shorter travel times and distance to dialysis clinics have been associated with improved patient outcomes and a higher health-related quality of life (HRQOL). The objective of this study was to compare HRQOL between prevalent in-center and satellite dialysis patients, as well as compare travel-related factors that contribute to(More)