Home Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease: Preliminary Results
AbstractHealthcare for patients with advanced chronic kidney disease (ACKD) on conservative treatment very often poses healthcare problems that are difficult to solve. At the end of 2011, we began a program based on the care and monitoring of these patients by Primary Care Teams. ACKD patients who opted for conservative treatment were offered the chance to be cared for mainly at home by the Primary Care doctor and nurse, under the coordination of the Palliative Care Unit and the Nephrology Department. During 2012, 2013, and 2014, 76 patients received treatment in this program (mean age: 81 years; mean Charlson age-comorbidity index: 10, and mean glomerular filtration rate: 12.4 mL/min/1.73 m2). The median patient follow-up time (until death or until 31 December 2014) was 165 days. During this period, 51% of patients did not have to visit the hospital’s emergency department and 58% did not require hospitalization. Forty-eight of the 76 patients died after a median time of 135 days in the program; 24 (50%) died at home. Our experience indicates that with the support of the Palliative Care Unit and the Nephrology Department, ACKD patients who are not dialysis candidates may be monitored at home by Primary Care Teams. View Full-Text
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Teruel, J.L.; Rexach, L.; Burguera, V.; Gomis, A.; Fernandez-Lucas, M.; Rivera, M.; Diaz, A.; Collazo, S.; Liaño, F. Home Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease: Preliminary Results. Healthcare 2015, 3, 1064-1074.
Teruel JL, Rexach L, Burguera V, Gomis A, Fernandez-Lucas M, Rivera M, Diaz A, Collazo S, Liaño F. Home Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease: Preliminary Results. Healthcare. 2015; 3(4):1064-1074.Chicago/Turabian Style
Teruel, José L.; Rexach, Lourdes; Burguera, Victor; Gomis, Antonio; Fernandez-Lucas, Milagros; Rivera, Maite; Diaz, Alicia; Collazo, Sergio; Liaño, Fernando. 2015. "Home Palliative Care for Patients with Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease: Preliminary Results." Healthcare 3, no. 4: 1064-1074.