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Supportive and palliative care in end stage renal failure: the need for further research

Noble, H. and Kelly, Daniel M. 2006. Supportive and palliative care in end stage renal failure: the need for further research. International Journal of Palliative Nursing 12 (8) , pp. 362-367.

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TIn the UK, government guidelines related to chronic illness are being used to enhance supportive care of renal patients. Good practice includes ensuring the views of patients and carers are taken into account when developing and evaluating palliative care services. The literature relating to a renal patient’s decision not to dialyse is sparse and the evidence base upon which to support effective nursing practice is currently weak. Much can be drawn from the discipline of cancer nursing, however, further research needs to be undertaken to develop new knowledge within the realm of supportive renal care. Having a fuller understanding of how, and when, renal patients finally make difficult end-of-life decisions is crucial in order to offer effective support and deliver an efficient and valuable renal supportive care service.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Publisher: Mark Allen Healthcare
ISSN: 1357-6321
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2018 08:33

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