Implementing end of life care for patients with renal failure

Nurs Stand. 2009 Sep;23(52):35-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2009.


Traditional palliative care services have focused on individuals with cancer. The NHS National End of Life Care Programme, launched in December 2003, has been working to address this anomaly and to try to enhance end of life care provision for other patient groups. This article reports on work in the area of renal failure at Westmorland General Hospital, Cumbria, where the Preferred Priorities for Care tool has been introduced to support patients nearing the end of life.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Attitude to Death
  • Comorbidity
  • Documentation / methods
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate
  • Hospice Care
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / mortality
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / physiopathology
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life
  • Renal Dialysis
  • Renal Replacement Therapy / statistics & numerical data
  • Terminal Care / methods*
  • Terminal Care / standards