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Title: Palliative care for patients with end-stage renal failure: reflections from Central Australia.
Authors: Fried, Ofra
Affiliation: Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services, Alice Springs, Australia.
Issue Date: Sep-2003
Citation: Palliative medicine 2003-09; 17(6): 514-9
Abstract: This paper explores palliative care issues for Australian Aboriginal patients with end-stage renal failure. Renal disease is epidemic amongst Aboriginal Australians. The Central Australian Palliative Care Service, based in the remote town of Alice Springs, sees a high proportion of renal patients, with different demographic characteristics to those seen in urban palliative care services. A case history illustrates distinctive concerns for local service provision, including communication issues, cultural requirements for maximizing quality of life, and the need to provide care in remote locations. Palliation for end-stage renal failure (ESRF) patients should be based on standard principles, but modified in accordance with local practical requirements and community needs.
DOI: 10.1191/0269216303pm797oa
ISSN: 0269-2163
Type: Case Reports
Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Subjects: Aged
Hospice Care
Kidney Failure, Chronic
Middle Aged
Northern Territory
Palliative Care
Residence Characteristics
Treatment Outcome
Oceanic Ancestry Group
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