In this far-ranging textbook on palliative and end of life care, John Costello and a team of palliative care specialists take a patient-centred approach. Discussing palliative and end of life care across a range of diseases and illnesses, each chapter includes real-life case studies that focus on both the patient experience and the experiences of the family members of service users. Original in its approach to palliative and end of life care, Adult Palliative Care focuses on a range of non-cancer conditions. Thoughtfully balancing theory with practice, and interprofessional in its scope, Adult Palliative Care would benefit any health professional dealing with or working in the field of palliative and end of life care.

Patients with End Stage Renal Failure

Patients with End Stage Renal Failure

Patients with End Stage Renal Failure
Susan Heatley

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the pathophysiology of renal disease
  • Explain the stages of the disease and common forms of treatment
  • Give an account of the nursing care for patients with end stage renal disease
  • Provide the patient and nurse’s perspective on renal disease


This chapter focuses on people with chronic kidney disease (CKD), a condition that over time results in end stage renal disease (ESRD). CKD is not as common as other long-term conditions, such as heart disease, respiratory disease and cancer, but worldwide over two million individuals receive renal replacement therapy in the form of dialysis (Liyanage, 2015). The first section provides background information and a review of the pathophysiology of the disease. ...

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