Supportive Care for the Renal Patient

Supportive Care for the Renal Patient

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This book provides a comprehensive, evidence-based overview of supportive care for the nephrology patient. An international group of contributors emphasize the continuum of palliative care from the time of diagnosis through to end-of-life care and the issues surrounding withdrawal of dialysis. The book addresses the psychological impact of the disease, the importance of involving the patient in making decisions about their care, ethical considerations, the role of the family and the multidisciplinary team.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 168 x 242 x 22mm | 639.58g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • numerous text boxes, figures and tables
  • 0198516169
  • 9780198516163

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This book should be required reading for anybody training in nephrology. It certainly should have a place on the library shelf in any dialysis unit. It will also be useful to people who work in palliative care, as it will allow a better understanding of the particular problems and symptoms patients with ESRD bring to palliative care. The chapters on symptom control and the information about medication adjustments are particularly useful. IARC Website This is the first textbook addressing supportive care of renal patients, and for this reason alone it is very welcome. The editors have, however, succeeded in bringing together an excellent overview, and some sound insights into the complex and difficult areas of renal supportive care. This book is welcome for its quality, therefore, as well as the fact it is first in this field... the breadth of issues covered and the clinical orientation of the book will make it an invaluable resource... no palliative care team seeing renal patients should be without it, since it will make a significant contribution to improving their care of these patients. Palliative Medicine, 19 Highly recommendable. Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation, 20 This is a valuable and useful book... The authors are experts in the field... extremely interesting and useful. I think it should be included in the core curriculum of every nephrology program. Doody's Journal This stylishly produced and modestly priced volume is essential reading for all members of the multiprofessional team concerned with the holistic management of patients with renal failure. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine
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Table of contents

1. Changing patterns of renal replacement therapy; 2. The concept of supportive care for the renal patient; 3. Planning a renal palliative care programme and its components; 4. Advanced directives and advance care planning in patients with end-stage renal disease; 5. What determines a good outcome? The selection of patients for renal replacement therapy; 6. Health-related quality of life in chronic renal failure; 7a Symptoms of renal disease: dialysis related symptoms; 7b Symptoms of renal disease: the treatment and palliation of symptoms due to co-morbidity in end-stage renal disease; 8. Management of pain in renal failure; 9. Psychological and psychiatric considerations in patients with advanced renal disease; 10. Sexual dysfunction in patients with chronic kidney disease; 11. Spiritual care of the renal patient; 12. Support of the home dialysis patient; 13. Initiation and withdrawal of dialysis; 14. A multidisciplinary approach to end-of-life care; 15. End of life
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