Long term renal conditions

Williamson, Swapna Naskar and McManus, Breeda (2009) Long term renal conditions. In: Developing Holistic Care for Long Term Conditions. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 315-330. ISBN 9780415460811

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Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a progressive, irreversible and long-term condition causing kidney damage. Kidney damage may be caused either by disease of the kidney itself such as, glomerulonephritis (inflammation of the nephron, the unit structure of the kidneys) or by diseases that affect multiple organs, such as in diabetes and hypertension. As kidney function deteriorates, the risk of complications increases, i.e. anaemia and renal bone disease. In the early stages, CKD can be almost undetectable; however, in some people it will progress to established renal failure (ERF), this is when the kidneys no longer function and the patient needs renal replacement therapy.
The chapter titled "Long Term Renal Conditions" presents the incidence of CKD that has become a major health concern worldwide. The identification of people with CKD and their management in its early stages by the primary health care team reducing the progression and consequences of CKD has been discussed. The need for effective collaboration between primary and secondary health services providing better care for those with ERF needing complex investigations by having access to a specialist renal team has been discussed. An integrated person centred care with emphasis on holistic approach to care involving physical, psychosocial and end of life care has been discussed and analysed.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Chronic Kidney Disease, acute renal failure, established renal failure, early detection,
Subjects: Medicine and health
Medicine and health > Nursing
Depositing User: Swapna Williamson
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2016 15:18
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 07:07
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2793

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