Palliative Care in Renal Disease

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2019) | Viewed by 423

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT9 7BL, UK
Interests: cancer; palliative care; patient and lay carer experience; mixed methods research; renal; cachexia
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Medical Biology Centre, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University, Belfast BT9 7BL, UK
Interests: well-being; quality of life; palliative care; nephrology; mixed methods; cachexia
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Patients with renal disease live with a serious chronic illness and can present with a range of conditions highlighting the multifaceted nature of this patient population. Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) experience significant morbidity and mortality issues yet are less likely to receive palliative care services compared to other diseases. Renal management at any stage of the disease involves an intensive routine of clinical care; however, living with renal disease requires significant self-management and care. It is strongly advocated that ESRD require an interdisciplinary palliative care approach, starting at the point of diagnosis and continuing throughout the patient’s life. In such cases, palliative care presumes a holistic comprehensive supportive role addressing the physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and existential needs of patients and their families. This includes end of life issues for patients, as well as families having the appropriate bereavement support. However, clinicians working in nephrology have called for more training in aspects of palliative care in ESRD.

The aim of this Special Issue is:

  • To provide specific learning points for multidisciplinary HCPs working in renal healthcare where palliative care is provided;
  • To advocate for an interdisciplinary palliative care approach for patients and families;
  • To highlight the need for continued appropriate and integrated psychosocial care for people living with renal disease;
  • To provide research on areas related to renal palliative care.

Prof. Dr. Joanne Reid
Dr. Clare McKeaveney
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