CE: Continuing Education Article
INTEGRATION OF PALLIATIVE CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH STAGE 5 CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE

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  • *This continuing education (CE) paper includes various learning activities aimed at developing your knowledge and understanding of ‘Palliative Care in Chronic Kidney Disease’. After reading this paper and on completion of the learning activities you will have achieved three hours of learning in accordance with the EDTNA/ERCA criteria for continuing professional development.

  • Sedgewick J., Noble H., Ho T.M., Kafkia T., Waeleghem J.-P.V. (2010). Integration of palliative care for patients with stage 5 chronic kidney disease. Journal of Renal Care36(4), 218-226.

CORRESPONDENCE
John M. Sedgewick
Director Multi-Professional Programmes & Principal
Lecturer (Nephrology), School of Health & Social Care,
Teesside University, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, TS1 3BA, UK
Tel.: +44 642 384996
Fax: +44 642 384105
j.sedgewick@tees.ac.uk

SUMMARY

Patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (Stage 5 CKD) have palliative care needs similar to patients with cancer. The decision not to commence dialysis or to withdraw from active treatment can have a profound impact upon all those closely involved in the patient's care. It is essential that every effort is made to minimise the physical and psycho-social symptoms experienced by patients who require palliative care. Effective teamwork across professional boundaries and specialities will ensure that patients and their families are provided with maximum comfort during their final days. All members of the healthcare team must strive to ensure patient and family are actively encouraged in the decision-making process surrounding palliative care needs.

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