End of Life Care in Nephrology: From Advanced Disease to Bereavement (Oxford Specialist Handbooks in End of Life Care)

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There is an ever increasing awareness that all patients are entitled to a good quality death and that diagnosing end of life is as important as diagnosing a chest infection. This is particularly true for renal patients where dialysis can be continued and complications treated even when the patient is dying. End of Life Care in Nephrology provides practical guidance on all aspects of this difficult field; the clinical state of dying renal patients, how to control their symptoms, and how to help patients and their medical teams discuss difficult issues such as dialysis withdrawal and death. The book highlights how to facilitate good communication between renal and palliative care teams and the theory is illustrated by case histories.

Written by a palliative care physician who has worked closely with renal patients for many years, a nephrologist, and a counsellor, this handbook will be ideal for doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals working in renal medicine and palliative care.

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Edwina Brown's clinical and research interests are related to cardiovascular complications of chronic kidney disease and peritoneal dialysis. Her initial renal training was at Yale and then Charing Cross Hospital, London. She became a consultant there in 1991 and was promoted to Professor of Renal Medicine at Imperial College London in 2004. She is one of the editors of Supportive Care for the Renal Patient published by OUP in 2004 and runs an annual course on this topic. Celia Eggeling qualified as a generic social worker in 1980, and in 1986 she joined the S.W. Thames Renal Unit as a Renal Social Worker. Recognising the psychological impact renal failure had on patients and their families, she undertook counselling training, gaining an MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy and in 2004 a doctorate. Her special interest was in Living Donation from the donor perspective and her evidence-based research from single and multi-centred studies has been published. More recently Celia has helped set up a Palliative Care Service on the Unit.

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The book is packed with information, a wonderful composite of nephrology and palliative medicine. ...Books such as this, which help break down the barriers between palliative care and other departments who manage patients with chronic non-malignant disease, are most welcome. Roger Woodruff, There is an ever increasing awareness that all patients are entitled to a good quality death and that diagnosing end of life is as important as diagnosing a chest infection. This handbook will be ideal for doctors, nurses, and allied health professionals working in renal medicine and palliatvive care. classicchronicrenaldiseaseresources.blogspot

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