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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

Conservative and Palliative Care for the Dialysis Patient

November 08, 2019 | 04:30 PM - 06:30 PM

Location: 146 A/B, Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Session Description

Dialysis is not the best intervention for all patients, and then there are also patients who want to withdraw from therapy. As nephrology practitioners, it is important to offer the best treatments for patients, even when this means avoiding interventional therapies. This session reviews the principles of a palliative care approach to treatment and conservative management for patients considering, undergoing, or withdrawing from dialysis.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Describe strategies for addressing advanced directives and leading goals-of-care discussions with dialysis patients
  • Discover dialysis treatment options for patients pursuing hospice care
  • Describe how to provide comprehensive conservative management to dialysis patients
  • Guide elderly patients with advanced CKD toward choosing dialysis or conservative management

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Dialysis


  • Edwina A. Brown, MD, MBChB
  • Richard A. Knight, MBA


  • Navigating the Uncomfortable: Advanced Directives and Making End-of-Life Decisions
    04:30 PM - 05:00 PM
    Vanessa Grubbs, MD, MPH 
  • Not Ready to Go Yet: Dialysis Options for the Hospice Patient
    05:00 PM - 05:30 PM
    Molly A. Feely, MD 
  • Comprehensive Conservative Care for the Dialysis Patient
    05:30 PM - 06:00 PM
    Aine Burns, MD, PhD 
  • Dialysis Versus Conservative Care for the Elderly Patient with ESRD
    06:00 PM - 06:30 PM
    Susan P.Y. Wong, MD, MS