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5 Strengths and drawbacks of the research

4.5.1 Strengths

This is the first research into self-care and factors relating to hemodialysis patients
aged18 and older in Vietnam. Therefore, the results help provide information on
how hospitals, schools can enhance knowledge and self-care activities of
hemodialysis patients.

This research achieves consensus of the Moral Council Fooyin University (Dai
Loan) and Duy Tan University (Vietnam), approval and support from leaders,
medial staff and participation of hemodialysis patients at General Hospital of
Quang Tri Province.

4.5.2 Drawbacks

Since this is a cross-sectional study, it cannot reach a causal conclusion, but rather
a correlation conclusion.

Due to restrictions on time, expenses and labor, the assessment of self-care


activities of patients by direct interviews with a set of questions may not guarantee
the honesty of such patients. This is tantamount to the fact that patients were not
being monitored during the interview, thus making it hard to observe the activities
of them.

4.6 The practicality of the research

From the results of this research, a health education program can be established to
enhance knowledge and help patients carry out self-care activities properly.

Up to now, there has not been any research into self-care and factors relating to
hemodialysis patients aged 18 and older in Vietnam. Therefore, this research can
be used as a source of reference for later research on self-care of hemodialysis
patients. Moreover, it can provide missing information in the field of self-care of
hemodialysis patients with a view to supporting teaching process and health care of
them.
CONCLUSION

From the research on self-care activities and factors relating to 97 hemodialysis


patients at General Hospital of Quang Trị Province between January and April,
2019, we have reached a conclusion: