Impact of Advance Care Planning Coaching for Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease: Results from the ‘My Way’ Randomized Clinical Trial (TH311C)

Guidelines recommend advance care planning (ACP) as essential to quality chronic kidney disease (CKD) management, but the nephrology community has yet to incorporate ACP upstream of the dialysis decision. Others have attempted to improve ACP for dialysis patients, but many patients report wishing they had been engaged in ACP earlier. This project tested integration of ACP coaching in the upstream setting of nephrology offices.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research

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Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
Guidelines recommend advance care planning (ACP) as essential to quality chronic kidney disease (CKD) management, but the nephrology community has yet to incorporate ACP upstream of the dialysis decision. Others have attempted to improve ACP for dialysis patients, but many patients report wishing they had been engaged in ACP earlier. This project tested integration of ACP coaching in the upstream setting of nephrology offices.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Nephrology Nursing Journal - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Nephrol Nurs J Source Type: research
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Source: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease - Category: Urology & Nephrology Source Type: research
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Source: The American Journal of Medicine - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
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