This thoughtful new book presents strategies for helping end-stage renal disease patients and their families deal with the psychosocial aspects of the chronic long-term illness. Technological advances in the treatment of this disease have offered much hope for improved quality in living which has led caregivers to have a greater concern for preserving the quality of life of their patients. In Psychosocial Aspects of End-Stage Renal Disease leaders in the field of many disciplines share knowledge and reveal problems that are still evident to them in the confrontation with this potentially fatal illness.Five comprehensive sections devote special attention to the different areas of concern for the psychosocial well-being of end-stage renal disease patients. The impact of renal disease on family relationships is covered by examining issues of family responses and coping measures such as marital and family reactions to home and hospital dialysis treatment. Ethical issues in treatment are explored, including the ethics of treatment refusal and a Jewish perspective on kidney transplants. Relations between staff and patients and a timely section on renal disease and special populations, particularly the elderly and AIDS patients, make up the final two sections of this informative volume. Professionals in all allied health disciplines will benefit from this important volume as it demonstrates a model approach, if not the definitive one, for the treatment of the psychosocial aspects of end-stage renal disease as well as other chronic illnesses.

part I|41 pages

Renal Disease and the Family

chapter |9 pages

End-Stage Renal Disease

Family Responses
ByKatherine M. Steckler, Florence E. Selder

chapter |12 pages

Families Coping with the Multiple Crises of Chronic Illness

ByMaria J. Paluszny, Martin M. DeBeukelaer, William A. Rowane

chapter |13 pages

Marital and Family Characteristics of Home and Hospital Dialysis Patients

ByStewart Page, Mark B. Weisberg

part II|67 pages

Psychosocial Dimensions of Renal Disease

chapter |21 pages

Psychological and Social Adaptation of CAPD and Center Hemodialysis Patients

ByCarl A. Maida, Alfred H. Katz, Deane L. Wolcott, John Landsverk, Gayle Strauss, Allen R. Nissenson

chapter |6 pages

An Integrated Approach to Psychotherapy with the ESRD Population

A Case Presentation
ByLissa Parsonnet

chapter |11 pages

Helping Patients Cope with the Loss of a Renal Transplant

ByRamaswamy Viswanathan

part III|36 pages

Ethical Issues in Treatment of Renal Disease

chapter |6 pages

Dilemmas in Dialysis

Two Bioethical Case Studies
ByDaniel J. Klenow

chapter |11 pages

Passions in the Arena

ByRichard B. Freeman

chapter |4 pages

Kidney Transplants

A Jewish Perspective
ByShelley M. Buxbaum

chapter |12 pages

Promoting Organ Donation Among Memorial Society Members

ByKatherine Diaz-Knauf, Howard Schutz, Robert Sommer

part IV|26 pages

Staff/Patient Perspectives in Care of Renal Disease

chapter |9 pages

Dialysis Staff Attitudes Toward Providing End-Stage Care

ByTimothy E. Tennyson, James H. Jennison, N. D. Vaziri

chapter |10 pages

Patient Perceptions of the Hemodialysis Regimen

ByH. Katherine O’Neill, Russell E. Glasgow

part V|42 pages

Renal Disease and Special Patient Populations

chapter |26 pages

AIDS and End-Stage Renal Disease

Issues of Our Times
ByRobert S. Lampke

chapter |5 pages

Psychosocial Issues in AIDS/ESRD

ByThelma Myers