Coping Strategies in End-Stage Renal Disease Patients on Hemodialysis in Oman: Optimistic, Supportive, Confrontive, and Prayerful

Amal Al Sharji, Fawwaz Alaloul*, Basma Al Yazeedi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Hemodialysis (HD) treatment is highly inflexible for individuals with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). Effective use of coping strategies can help to improve their performance and health outcomes. The purpose of this study was to understand the coping strategies used by patients on HD and their perceived helpfulness in Oman. A cross-sectional study was conducted to identify coping strategies among patients on HD. Participants on HD (N = 157) were enrolled from two HD centers in Oman. The results revealed that the most commonly used coping strategies were optimistic, confrontive, and supportive, and the most commonly helpful were optimistic, supportive, and confrontive. Prayer and trust in God was the most commonly used and most helpful coping strategies. The current study has identified the most common strategies used and found effective by Omani patients in coping with ESRD and HD. Identifying these coping mechanisms may help healthcare providers support this group of patients and improve their quality of care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2072-2082
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 16 2022


  • Coping
  • Culture
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Hemodialysis
  • Religion
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Humans
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic/therapy
  • Oman
  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Renal Dialysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Nursing(all)

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