Patient attitudes towards the arteriovenous fistula: a qualitative study on vascular access decision making.

@article{Xi2011PatientAT,
  title={Patient attitudes towards the arteriovenous fistula: a qualitative study on vascular access decision making.},
  author={Wang Xi and Lori Harwood and Michael J. Diamant and Judith Belle Brown and Kerri L Gallo and Jessica M Sontrop and Jennifer J Macnab and Louise M. Moist},
  journal={Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association},
  year={2011},
  volume={26 10},
  pages={3302-8}
}
BACKGROUND The use of arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) among hemodialysis (HD) patients has been consistently associated with lower rates of morbidity and mortality; however, up to 30% of eligible patients refuse the creation or cannulation of an AVF. We aimed to understand the attitudes, beliefs, preferences and values of patients who refused creation or use of an AVF. METHODS With qualitative methodology, we conducted semi-structured interviews with 13 HD patients (Canada, 2009), who… CONTINUE READING