Supportive Care for the Renal Patient

Supportive Care for the Renal Patient

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Supportive Care for the Renal Patient Second Edition provides a comprehensive, evidence-based overview of supportive care for the nephrology patient. An international group of contributors emphasise 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.

This new edition includes two new chapters on conservative management of advanced kidney disease (AKD) and dialysis in the very elderly. The chapters covering non pain symptoms, advance care planning, quality of life, psychological and psychiatric consideration and end-of-life care have also be completely revised to include new evidence and current thinking.

This book will be of particular interest to palliative care practitioners; nephrologists, who increasingly need to know more about palliative care; nurse practitioners, dialysis nurses, social workers, dieticians, and psychiatric consultants.


Supportive care is the multidisciplinary holistic care of patients with chronic and life-limiting illnesses and their families - from the time around diagnosis, through treatments aimed at cure or prolonging life, and into the phase currently acknowledged as palliative care. It involves recognising and caring for the side-effects of active therapies as well as patients' symptoms, co-morbidities, psychological, social and spiritual concerns. It also values the role of family carers and helps
them in supporting the patient, as well as attending to their own special needs.

Unlike traditional palliative care, which grew from the terminal care of cancer patients, supportive care is not restricted to dying patients nor to cancer. This series covers the support of patients with a variety of long-term conditions, who are currently largely managed by specialist medical teams in hospital and by primary care teams in community settings. Each volume therefore provides a practical guide to the supportive care of patients at all stages of illness.

Series Editor: Sam H. Ahmedzai
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 177 x 254 x 25mm | 738g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 18 black and white line drawings
  • 019956003X
  • 9780199560035
  • 583,936

Table of contents

Introduction to ethical case analysis ; 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. 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 and the patient with chronic kidney disease ; 7. Symptoms in renal disease: their epidemiology, assessment and management ; 8. Management of pain in renal failure ; 9. Psychological and psychiatric considerations in patients with advanced renal disease ; 10. Spiritual care of the renal patient ; 11. Support of the home dialysis patient ; 12. Initiation, withdrawal and withholding of dialysis: 12.1: Clinical ; 13. Conservative management of end-stage renal disease ; 14. End-stage renal disease in the older person ; 15. Death and end-of-life-care in advanced kidney disease
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Review quote

The editors are well renowed experts in the field and have brought together a very knowledgeable and experienced group of chapter authors. * Journal of Renal Nursing *
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