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Chronic Kidney Disease and Palliative Care

Education Centre
Advanced kidney disease is increasing in prevalence with the rising age of our population and the increase in people living with conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

For those people living with very poor renal function, those on dialysis and those on a transplant waiting list, physical symptoms can be challenging to deal with, and to treat. Symptoms such as pain, nausea, fatigue and pruritus are common. Choice of drugs is important because of vulnerability to drug toxicity. Social, spiritual and psychological domains may all be affected. Treatment choices, age, functional status, co-morbidities and individual hopes/worries/concerns can compound complexity.

Who is this study day for?

This study day is particularly for staff working in renal units and staff providing hospital and home/hospice based palliative care, as an interface study day. It will be of value and interest also to GPs, district nurses, elderly care/general medical physicians, nurses and allied health professionals, who care for/support people with chronic kidney disease on a regular basis.

The aim is to improve access to palliative care, equip palliative care providers to be ready to care, and deliver excellent person centred care for people with advanced disease.
What will I study?
- Chronic kidney disease: an overview
- The transplant waiting list: patient experience and outcomes of a renal transplant
- When is the right time for palliative care teams to be involved?
- The need for collaboration between the renal and palliative teams. What does early ACP mean? Should patients be identified before dialysis is considered?
- Considerations when prescribing with renal patients
- Is peritoneal dialysis explored enough and what challenges would this pose in the community?

£75 per person