Table 3.

Caregivers’ current difficulties and worries regarding the next 2 months overall and by treatment modalities

ItemsNo. (%)
Overall, n=220Dialysis, n=113Transplantation, n=107
Current difficulties
 Hard to have blood tests66 (30)20 (18)46 (43)
 Face mask shortage56 (25)22 (19)34 (32)
 Hard to access specialized clinics46 (21)15 (13)31 (29)
 PD supply shortage38 (17)38 (34)0 (0)
 Traveling restrictions33 (15)13 (12)20 (19)
 Lack financial support for treatment28 (13)14 (12)14 (13)
 Hand hygiene supply shortage27 (12)11 (10)16 (15)
 Hard to get erythropoietin injected22 (10)22 (19)0 (0)
 Exit-site care supply shortage17 (8)17 (15)0 (0)
 Feel fearful or worried16 (7)6 (5)10 (9)
 Dialysis/transplantation-related medication shortage13 (6)7 (6)6 (6)
 Delivery service suspended12 (5)8 (7)4 (4)
Worries regarding the next 2 mo
 Hard to have blood tests69 (31)16 (14)53 (50)
 Hard to access specialized clinics66 (30)29 (26)37 (35)
 PD supply shortage64 (29)64 (57)0 (0)
 Risk of acquiring COVID-19 during hospital visits61 (28)33 (29)28 (26)
 Risk of acquiring COVID-1958 (27)31 (27)27 (25)
 Face mask shortage49 (22)23 (20)26 (24)
 Traveling restrictions39 (18)14 (12)25 (23)
 Lack financial support for treatment30 (14)12 (11)18 (17)
 Dialysis/transplantation-related medication shortage22 (10)15 (13)7 (7)
 Hard to get erythropoietin injected14 (6)14 (12)0 (0)
 Delivery service suspended11 (5)5 (4)6 (6)
  • PD, peritoneal dialysis; COVID-19, coronavirus disease 2019.