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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Compliance with dietary restrictions among African American older adults with chronic kidney disease in a nursing home setting
by Gunathilaka, Dilhari, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 59; 1600046
Abstract (Summary)

For African Americans kidney disease is the sixth leading cause of death (National Kidney Foundation (NKF) 2013). Compliance with a renal diet can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure. The purpose of this study was to investigate compliance or non-compliance with renal dietary restrictions among older African American adults living in a nursing home setting. Twelve residents were interviewed. Six themes emerged including not appreciating being treated like a child, wanting options and independence, wanting the renal diet to respect cultural food traditions, the importance of food taste, more education about why certain foods are better than others, and re-framing diet education to emphasize the foods that can be eaten versus foods to avoid.

This research indicates a need for dietitians to discuss diet with an emphasis on what foods the patient can eat, not on restrictions, and to improve the taste of food.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: White, Barbara
Commitee: Claver, Maria, Loy, Michelle
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Family and Consumer Sciences
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: African American Studies, Gerontology, Nutrition, Health care management
Keywords: African American older adults, Chronic kidney disease, Dietary restrictions, Nursing home
Publication Number: 1600046
ISBN: 978-1-339-07704-8
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