Meaningful rehabilitation of the end-stage renal disease patient.

Thornton TA, Hakim RM
Semin Nephrol. 1997 17 (3): 246-52

PMID: 9165654

In this highly technological age, health care providers are called to attend to the patient as a whole person, with dreams and goals and a desire for purpose and meaning in life. In this article, we propose a broadened definition of rehabilitation and a rehabilitation program designed to effect an improvement in the quality of life of each renal patient by aiming to restore meaningful existence in each of their lives. An individualized plan for rehabilitation can be constructed and implemented with far-reaching success when the focus is on the life goals of the patient, whether physical, social, psychological, or intellectual. These programs not only enhance the quality of life of the patient with end-stage renal disease, but are cost-effective, both at the societal level and at the level of the dialysis clinic.

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Cost-Benefit Analysis Health Personnel Humans Kidney Failure, Chronic Program Evaluation Quality of Life Social Support

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