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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

Psychosocial Aspects of CKD

November 04, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: On-Demand, Virtual Only

Session Description

Psychosocial issues are an understudied yet important concern in the overall health and well-being of patients with advanced kidney disease. This session provides an overview of the emotional and psychosocial challenges faced by patients with kidney disease. Further, the session emphasizes a practical approach to symptom management of both pain and non-pain syndromes associated with advanced kidney disease, and explores psychosocial issues related to substance use disorders in patients with kidney diseases.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Enumerate the psychosocial factors affecting patients with kidney diseases
  • Identify kidney disease-related pain syndromes
  • Describe pharmacotherapy for pain in patients with advanced kidney disease
  • List commonly encountered symptoms associated with advanced kidney disease and management
  • Summarize the relationship between medical and psychosocial risk factors in substance use disorders and kidney diseases

Learning Pathway(s)

  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Dialysis


  • Scott D. Cohen, MD, MPH, FASN
  • Jennifer S. Scherer, MD


  • The Psychosocial Experience of Patients with Kidney Diseases
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Daniel Cukor, PhD
  • Symptom Management in Advanced Kidney Disease
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Antonio Corona, MD
  • Pharmacotherapy for Pain Syndromes in Advanced CKD
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Holly M. Koncicki, MD, MS
  • Behavioral Health Approach to Substance Use Disorders in Kidney Diseases
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Teri Browne, MS, PhD, MSW