Kidney Disease: From advanced disease to bereavement by Edwina A Brown, Fliss E M Murtagh, Emma Murphy |, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Kidney Disease: From advanced disease to bereavement

Kidney Disease: From advanced disease to bereavement

by Edwina A Brown, Fliss E M Murtagh, Emma Murphy
     
 

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Kidney Disease: From advanced disease to bereavement provides guidance to renal and palliative care professionals dealing with patients with advanced kidney disease who are approaching end of life. The book describes the tools used to achieve a good death including advance care planning, symptom control law and ethics, recognising dying, withdrawal of treatment

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Kidney Disease: From advanced disease to bereavement provides guidance to renal and palliative care professionals dealing with patients with advanced kidney disease who are approaching end of life. The book describes the tools used to achieve a good death including advance care planning, symptom control law and ethics, recognising dying, withdrawal of treatment, and a holistic approach to patient care. By using case histories, the book highlights how to facilitate good communication between patients, families and their renal team. There are also chapters on support for carers and bereavement.

Revised and updated this new edition is written in a bullet point style to provide an indispensable guide to day-to-day management of patient care. This pocketbook will be an essential guide for nephrologists, renal nurses, nephrologist trainees, and doctors and nurses working in palliative care.

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Reviewer: Jon Webb, MD (University of Kentucky College of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of the management of patients with kidney disease at the end of their life.
Purpose: The goal is to provide a reference for management of complex issues surrounding the end of life associated with kidney failure, and this second edition updates existing guidelines.
Audience: This is a resource for nephrologists, hospitalists, and palliative care team members. It also could be used by training physicians and medical staff interested in end of life issues. The authors include a renal physician, a palliative care physician, and a nurse working on a PhD in renal palliative care.
Features: The book begins with basic information about renal patients at the end of life, detailing symptoms that can be expected and their management. It also provides practical information to help improve communication with patients and their families. Ethical and legal considerations are also addressed before a detailed chapter on end of life care. The format makes the book easy to read and the short summaries are useful for management options. The drug guidelines are very helpful and easy to follow.
Assessment: Caring for a dying patient can be challenging, and this resource addresses very specific issues in dealing with end stage kidney disease patients. The case examples are helpful, and the overall design is practical and easy to read. While the book is small, I don't think I would carry it around during my daily practice, and perhaps a larger book would make the figures and diagrams easier to see. Discussion of the management of other end stage diseases, such as cirrhosis, which typically lead to end stage renal disease, would have been helpful. Although renal disease is secondary to a separate end stage disease, the patients generally die from their renal complications. I would recommend this for training nephrologists and palliative care team members.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199695690
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
07/05/2012
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
3.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

Edwina Brown is a clinical nephrologist with a special interest in patient outcomes, particularly the elderly, on dialysis. Over the last decade she has developed an increasing interest in the support and management of renal patients at their end of life. She was an editor of "Supportive Care for the Renal Patient", first published by Oxford University Press in 2004 and with a second edition in 2010, has published and lectured extensively on the topic and runs an annual course on "Supportive Care for the Renal Patient". She is currently a member of the UK End of Life Care for Advanced Kidney Care Disease Project Board.

Fliss qualified in medicine in the UK in 1986. She initially trained in General Practice, and worked as a General Practitioner from 1992 - 2000, then undertook specialist training in palliative medicine between 2000 and 2004. She went on to undertake a PhD at King's College London, on 'Improving the quality of care of patients with Stage 5 Chronic Kidney Disease managed without dialysis' in the Department of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation at King's College London. She has now gained a HEFCE Clinical Senior Lecturership - one of the first nationally in Palliative Care. She is based at King's College London and King's College Hospital.
She has published on the palliative and end-of-life care needs of renal patients, including on symptoms, withdrawal from dialysis, survival, and use of opioids. Fliss has a keen interest in longitudinal study, including methodological development, and symptom and functional trajectories in the last year of life (including for renal patients).

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