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Palliative care in end stage kidney disease: are we meeting the needs of our Indigenous clients?

 

Overview

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council (KAMSC) are conducting a twofold study to investigate the needs of Indigenous clients and their understanding of palliative care and end of life care. 

The first part of the study will be a retrospective case note study from five to ten renal clients who either opted to discontinue dialysis or renal replacement therapy was no longer an option. The study will identify their use, if any, of palliative care and when discussions around end of life took place.

The second part of the study will be a qualitative investigation in the form of open ended interviews with a cohort of 10 to 12 renal clients. The participants will be from among the clients who attend the Kimberley Satellite Dialysis Centre. Interview questions will be aimed at learning end of life wishes, palliative care conceptions and when initial palliative care discussions first began and how these were perceived. This will give insight into the expectations of clients in their last days and weeks of life and their understanding of palliative care.

The anticipated evaluation of this research will inform future program development and improve quality of palliative care service delivery for renal clients in a culturally appropriate and timely manner.

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council

Contacts

Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council
Corner of Anne and Dora Streets
PO Box 1377
Broome WA 6725
Ph: (08) 9194 3200
Fax: (08) 9192 2500
Email: kamsc@kamsc.org.au

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Last updated: 1 April 2014
 
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