A palliative approach to dialysis care: A patient-centered transition to the end of life

Dialysis Advisory Group of the American Society of Nephrology

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As the importance of providing patient-centered palliative care for patients with advanced illnesses gains attention, standard dialysis delivery may be inconsistent with the goals of care formany patients with ESRD.Many dialysis patientswith life expectancy of <1 yearmay desire a palliative approach to dialysis care, which focuses on aligning patient treatment with patients’ informed preferences. This commentary elucidates what comprises a palliative approach to dialysis care and describes its potential and appropriate use. It also reviews the barriers to integrating such an approach into the current clinical paradigm of care and existing infrastructure and outlines system-level changes needed to accommodate such an approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2203-2209
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Transplantation

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