Volume 2, Numéro 1, Pages 18-39
The end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is a widespread disease. Its treatment requires the use of a therapeutic technical device called hemodialysis, an essential equipment to keep the patient alive. Patients who suffer must adhere to the time schedule for the treatment days, i.e. the patient is forced to return to the treatment site three times a week, and to be subjected to dialysis sessions of four hours per session. As long as they do not undergo kidney transplants, they are forced to follow this path of life. In this study, we wanted to shed light on the hidden side that is ignored by many. This technique, despite its therapeutic advantages, causes more suffering to the patient than in any other person. The interviews have shown us the importance of the patients’ perceptions towards the machine and the extent of its impact on their identity, the way they view their bodies and their therapeutic path.
L’hémodialyse - technique thérapeutique