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Title: Integrating renal and palliative care project: a nurse-led initiative.
Authors: Smith, Vicky
Potts, Carita
Wellard, Sally
Penney, Wendy
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Renal Society of Australia (RSA)
Place of publication: Victoria, Australia
Publication Title: Renal Society of Australasia Journal
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Start Page: 35
End Page: 40
Abstract: Renal nurses working in dialysis settings in Australian regional and rural locations face challenges in facilitating advance care planning (ACP) and providing quality physical and psychological symptom care at the end of life (EOL) for a growing population of older and sicker people with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD). Following concerns raised by patients, families, renal and palliative care nurses early in 2009 in one regional setting, gaps in service delivery were identified. These identified gaps were supported by an emerging literature that identified the need for integrated, palliative, supportive care earlier in the disease trajectory. This care, provided on a needs basis, incorporates ACP, and identifies and addresses complex symptom and psychological issues to improve quality of life (QOL) and planning EOL care for patients and their families/carers. This approach to care, now called renal supportive care, is in varying stages of implementation across Australia for all renal patients, predominantly in metropolitan centres. With limited financial resources, a successful multi-professional collaboration and coordinated approach was established in January 2009 in Ballarat, a large regional setting in Victoria. An implementation framework was developed, addressing the continuum of care from pre-dialysis to withdrawal/cessation from renal replacement therapy (RRT), with an integrated palliative supportive approach during active treatment or EOL care. This project has provided a step forward in improving confidence and responsibility for palliative care by renal nurses working in dialysis settings, helping them to address the challenges faced in evaluating symptom burden, facilitating ACP and delivery of quality EOL care for patients, their families and carers with ESKD.
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ISSN: 1832-3804
Internal ID Number: 00691
Health Subject: DIALYSIS
Type: Journal Article
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