Last year I hosted a Hospice and Palliative Medicine chat. That chat focused on Tamura’s ground breaking study, Functional Status of Elderly Adults before and after Initiation of Dialysis. Take a look at the blog post introducing that chat:
Have you ever read a journal article and as soon as you finished the abstract you had this forbidding feeling that if the authors actually proved what they claimed to have discovered your medical life will never be the same?
This happened to me when I read, “Functional Status of Elderly Adults before and after Initiation of Dialysis (OPEN ACCESS)” by Tamura et al. in 2009.
In that post I wrote, “While this study did not track patients who deferred dialysis it is hard to imagine they could do much worse.” Well just last month, the other shoe dropped. We now have a well executed study that does look at the patients who deferred dialysis for conservative care:
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- Conservative care
- Stopping Dialysis
- Palliative Care Consult
- Primary Palliative care