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An International Survey of Peritoneal Dialysis Exercise Practices and Perceptions

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posted on 2023-12-19, 09:45 authored by PN Bennett, C Bohm, A Yee-Moon Wang, T Kanjanabuch, AE Figueiredo, O Harasemiw, L Brown, I Gabrys, D Jegatheesan, K Lambert, CJ Lightfoot, J MacRae, N Scholes-Robertson, K Stewart, B Tarca, N Verdin, M Warren, M West, D Zimmerman, J Finderup, E Ford, HS Ribeiro, Q Xu, S Thompson
Introduction: Low activity levels and poor physical function are associated with technique failure and mortality in people receiving peritoneal dialysis (PD). Adequate levels of physical function are required to maintain independence for people choosing this predominantly home-based therapy. The objective of this study was to identify the exercise-related perceptions and practices of PD clinicians globally. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional survey of PD clinicians from English-, Thai-, Spanish-, and Portuguese-speaking PD-prevalent countries exploring clinicians’ perceptions and practices of swimming, activity following PD catheter insertion, lifting, and falls prevention. This study was convened by the International Society of Peritoneal Dialysis and Global Renal Exercise Network between July and December 2021. Results: Of 100 of the highest PD-prevalent countries, 85 responded and were represented in the findings. A total of 1125 PD clinicians (448 nephrologists, 558 nephrology nurses, 59 dietitians, and 56 others) responded from 61% high-income, 32% upper middle-income and 7% lower middle-income countries. The majority (n = 1054, 94%) agreed that structured exercise programs would be beneficial for people receiving PD. Most respondents believed people on PD could perform more exercise (n = 907, 81%) and that abdominal strengthening exercises could be safely performed (n = 661, 59%). Compared to clinicians in high-income countries, clinicians from lower middle-income status (odds ratio [OR], 5.57; 1.64 to 18.9) are more likely to promote participation in physical activity. Conclusion: Clinicians know the importance of physical activity in people receiving PD. Exercise counseling and structured exercise plans could be included in the standard care of people receiving PD to maintain independence.

Funding

We acknowledge the administrative support of the Global Renal Exercise Network (GREX) that is supported by an unrestricted grant from Satellite Healthcare Inc. This research was funded by the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis.

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Department of Health Sciences, University of Leicester

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Kidney International Reports

Volume

8

Issue

7

Pagination

1389 - 1398

Publisher

Elsevier

issn

2468-0249

Copyright date

2023

Available date

2023-12-12

Language

en

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