Full training according to the information needs of patients reduces health care costs and increases the quality of
care. The present study was conducted aims to prioritize the preferences of hemodialysis patients in acquisition of
health information to be able to provide training according to these preferences and their prioritization after
achieving them. This study was a descriptive cross-sectional one which was conducted on all hemodialysis patients
who visited Kowsar Hospital in Semnan within the year 2014-2015. Data collecting tool was researcher-made
questionnaire which assessed physical information needs of patients in four areas of nutrition, energy, pain and
discomfort, sleep and rest. Data were analyzed by SPSS software version 16 using the descriptive statistics.71
hemodialysis patients participated in this study. 68.6%, 50.7%, 42.6% and 46.7% of patients expressed acquisition
information regarding hematopoietic foods, how to increase mobility, how to relieve itching during dialysis and
mental activities before sleep as their first priorities, respectively. The results of this study showed that hemodialysis
patients need to know what kinds of information in the field of physical problems. To facilitate adaptation and selfcare
of patients, providing information and training based on the real needs of patients will be helpful.
Keywords: patient preferences, hemodialysis, health information, training.