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Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients$
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Julia Addington-Hall and Irene Higginson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780192629609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192629609.001.0001

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Renal palliative care

Renal palliative care

(p.103) Chapter 8 Renal palliative care
Palliative Care for Non-cancer Patients

Lewis M. Cohen

Gary S. Reiter

David M. Poppel

Michael J. Germain

Oxford University Press

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

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