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Renal palliative care

Lewis M. Cohen, Gary S. Reiter, David M. Poppel and Michael J. Germain

in Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780192629609
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730054 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.003.0009
Renal palliative care

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Nephrology and palliative medicine are on the verge of discovering each other, and when this occurs they will find several areas of commonality and mutual benefit. Nephrologists are now vigorously deliberating over issues related to discontinuation of dialysis. Palliative medicine has much to offer the end-stage renal disease population, which is increasingly elderly, suffers from multiple diseases and symptoms, and has a greatly reduced life expectancy. This chapter emphasizes the practice of nephrology in the US, and focuses on patients who are maintained with either haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis. Despite being hampered by the absence of a discrete medical literature that synthesises palliative care and nephrology, the chapter is propelled by the growing convergence and potential synergy of these evolving specialties.

Keywords: nephrology; palliative medicine; patient care; haemodilaysis; peritoneal dialysis; end-stage renal disease

Chapter.  4739 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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