Kidney Supportive Care

Kidney supportive care refers to the treatment and management of patients with kidney disease to improve their quality of life and prevent or delay the progression of the disease. This type of care can be provided by a team of healthcare professionals, including nephrologists, nurses, dietitians, social workers, and others.

The goals of kidney supportive care may include:

  • Managing symptoms: Patients with kidney disease may experience a variety of symptoms, including fatigue, nausea, vomiting, anemia, and itching. Supportive care can help manage these symptoms to improve patients' quality of life.
  • Delaying progression: Kidney disease can progress over time, leading to kidney failure. Supportive care can help slow down the progression of the disease and prevent or delay the need for dialysis or kidney transplantation.
  • Improving nutrition: Patients with kidney disease often need to follow a specific diet to manage their condition. A dietitian can help patients plan a healthy, balanced diet that is appropriate for their individual needs.
  • Managing medications: Patients with kidney disease may need to take multiple medications to manage their symptoms and slow down the progression of the disease. A pharmacist can help manage medications and ensure that they are being used safely and effectively.
  • Providing emotional support: Living with kidney disease can be stressful and challenging. Social workers and other members of the healthcare team can provide emotional support to help patients cope with the disease and improve their overall well-being.

Overall, kidney supportive care is an important part of the treatment and management of kidney disease. By providing comprehensive care that addresses patients' physical, emotional, and social needs, healthcare professionals can help improve the quality of life for patients with kidney disease.