Palliative care and withholding and withdrawing dialysis

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The aging dialysis population, with its decreasing functional status, the high mortality of end-stage renal disease (ESRD), and the rise of palliative medicine as a specialty have all served to promote the importance of end-of-life care for ESRD patients. Even though nephrologists have an increased understanding of the issues involved in ESRD end-of-life care, most individuals working in dialysis know of a case in which it felt as if "the dead were being dia-lyzed." An increased effort to focus on palliative care issues in ESRD, especially advance care planning, may serve to reduce the frequency of such cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)154-155
Number of pages2
JournalDialysis and Transplantation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation

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