Online Ed on ESRF, "Hospice and Palliative Care for the Dialysis Patients"

Online Resources About End Stage Renal Failure (ESRF)

While I am in the mode of suggesting great online resources I want to mention a valuable educational opportunity available through the MidAtlantic Renal Coalition in the states, on ESRF.

The Renal Coalition has taken key presentations from the NHPCO preconference seminar that I attended in September and developed four webinar presentations. I found this information on ESRF extremely interesting. It is a wonderful blend of hospice and nephrology.

The presenter is Dr. Alvin Moss, aka “WOODY”. In the September blog I described him

“This gentleman has such a contagious love and enthusiasm for his field, and greets the topic with the enthusiasm of a kid who has just discovered a chocolate factory!”

Hospice and Palliative Care Educations Series

The series Hospice & Palliative Care for Dialysis Patients will explore issues surrounding hospice and palliative care in the dialysis setting. The series is targeted toward renal, hospice and palliative care clinicians who wish to expand their knowledge of end-of-life care for dialysis patients and the issues with ESRF.

Four courses will be held between January and April 2010, covering topics such as the relevance of palliative care and hospice for dialysis patients, pain assessment and management, symptom assessment and management and incorporating palliative care into the dialysis unit.

Here is the link to the webinar flyer, which includes registration materials: .

(Note for Canadians: A portion of each course will probably include discussion of how to help the dialysis patient qualify for hospice benefits.)

This is a program that blends well with the courses and goals of our online learning program … “Death Dying and Palliative Care Education Online” available through . I am happy to refer people to this resource!