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Supportive care

Recognizing that 20% of dialysis patients die each year, coordinated end-of-life care is an essential part of a quality care plan. However, there are many misconceptions about available end-of-life services for kidney patients. Additionally, questions exist as to how to best help patients express their end-of-life treatment desires, how to implement a quality end-of-life and palliative care program in the dialysis unit, and how to meet the educational needs of patients, families, and healthcare professionals.

In order to address these questions, Quality Insights Renal Network 5 formed the national Kidney End-of-Life Coalition, now the Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients. The Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients (CSCKP) is a national organization of renal and palliative care healthcare professionals, patients, and families seeking to transform care delivery so that all patients diagnosed with advanced CKD or ESRD are offered supportive care from the time of diagnosis and are provided with all treatment options, including end-of-life and bereavement care.

In 2019, after 15 years, the Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients, transitioned to George Washington University.  GWU will continue and further grow the Coalition's activities to improve supportive care for patients with kidney disease. 

Please visit for more information about CSCKP and to access a variety of resources for patients, families, and professionals.


Pathways Project Change Package - evidence-based recommendations designed to bring about improvements in supportive care delivery for patients with kidney disease
Planning Today for Tomorrow’s Healthcare: A Guide for People with Chronic Kidney Disease
Curriculum Guide for Advance Care Planning
Treating Pain in Advanced CKD & Dialysis Patients 
Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients Website

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