Exploring Significant Others Provide Helping Relationship for Mid-Adulthood Diagnosed with Early-Stage Chronic Kidney Disease

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Fang-Ru Yueh, RN
Department of Nursing, College of Medicine, Department of Nursing/ National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
Miaofen Yen, PhD, RN, FAAN
Department of Nursing & Institute of Allied Health Sciences, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan city, Taiwan
Shu-Mei Chao, MS, RN
Institute of Allied Health Medicine/National Cheng Kung University; School of Nursing/Foo-Yin Technology University, Tainan City, Taiwan


The helping relationship means seeking social support to protect healthy life style. According TTM (Transtheoretical model)  illustrate helping relationship include positive and negative support.

This qualitative study aimed to describe the helping relationship context within significant others and early-stage chronic kidney disease(CKD).


A qualitative content analysis approach put to use analyzing semi-structured, open-ended, in-depth interview.

Purposive sampling is to recruit patients diagnosed with early-stage CKD from the nephrology education departments of medical centers.Participants are eligible for the study if  they are between the age of 40 to 60 and with a diagnosis of early-stage CKD.

The rigor and trustworthiness of this study will evaluate using Lincoln and Guba's criteria.


This study is in the process. No studies have yet explored the helping relationship between significant others and patients, therefore implement pilot study to allow us to clarify and refine the interview question. 


Findings from this study is to know relationship of significant others helping patients, that include positive and negative support.
This finding can help healthcare professionals insight into health education necessary to assess significant other of patients, that can improve patients motivation, and keep healthy style and behavior.