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Views of renal healthcare professionals about the role of palliative care in patients with end stage kidney disease


Fassett, RG and Robertson, I and Bull, RM, Views of renal healthcare professionals about the role of palliative care in patients with end stage kidney disease, J Am Soc Nephrol Abstract Supplement, ASN Kidney Week 2011, 8-13 November 2011, Philadelphia, PA, pp. 911A-912A. ISSN 1046-6673 (2011) [Conference Extract]

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Background: Palliative care is increasingly recognized as an important part of end stage kidney disease (ESKD) care. Health professionals' own beliefs and knowledge about palliative care, death and dying impact on their decision to offer and support palliative care involvement. This study explored the perceptions of renal health professionals regarding palliative care and how this influenced how palliative care was integrated into ESKD patient management. The aim of this study was to identify barriers and facilitators experienced by renal healthcare professionals to incorporating palliative care into ESKD management.

Methods: All renal healthcare professionals in North and Northwest Tasmania were invited to complete a questionnaire exploring their views on the role of palliative care in the management of patients with CKD.

Results: Of 105 surveys distributed 41 were completed (response rate 39%). Health professionals' beliefs that emerged included; Loss of will to live was the greatest influence on dialysis withdrawal. Loss of will to live mainly followed pain and depression. Acute comorbidity or depression delayed withdrawal of treatment. Malignancy and functional decline influence health professionals and tinnily towards palliation. End of life care should be discussed early at pre-dialysis education, openly, honestly and sensitively with full disclosure by senior renal medical or nursing staff. Final decisions should occur depending on the patient's ongoing condition. The patient should make the decision supported by family.

Conclusions: Renal health professionals believed the patient, with involvement of the family, should make end of life decisions. Preparation should occur at the start of ESKD management with the actual decision made when the patient is ready.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:palliative care, chronic kidney disease, elderly, dialysis, end-of-life decision-making
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Nephrology and urology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Palliative care
UTAS Author:Robertson, I (Dr Iain Robertson)
UTAS Author:Bull, RM (Professor Rosalind Bull)
ID Code:79658
Year Published:2011
Funding Support:National Health and Medical Research Council (512809)
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2012-09-26
Last Modified:2015-06-23
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