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A palliative approach in renal care

Presenter:  John Duncan and Kaillie Kangro
Date:  April 26, 2016
Time 2:00 - 3:00pm PST
Location:  Online Webinar hosted through InspireNet
Type of Event:  Online Webinar

View this webinar on our YouTube channel.

In this presentation, nephrologist Dr. John Duncan and social worker Kaillie Kangro discuss ways in which the renal program at Vancouver General Hospital is incorporating a palliative approach to care into practice. This will include a review of the patient population and needs identified by renal patients, how the VGH renal program is incorporating a palliative approach to care, use of various resources, and future directions.

Dr. John Duncan is a nephrologist at Vancouver General Hospital and trained in Ottawa, Vancouver and Toronto before settling in Vancouver. His work spans the spectrum of kidney disease with a focus on community dialysis, and end of life issues in nephrology.   In his career to date he has come to realize the vital importance of end of life care and planning, particularly in the often elderly, and medically complex, nephrology population. Dr. Duncan is a member of the BC Provincial Renal Association End of Life Committee and is the lead in Vancouver General Hospital’s Division of Nephrology for end of life issues. In that role he is working with team members to bring ACP training to the Chronic Kidney Disease clinic, and the Hemodialysis Unit, as well as Symptom assessment and management, and is working to develop a conservative care pathway for patients in the Chronic Kidney Disease clinic.

Kaillie Kangro is a social worker in the renal program at Vancouver General Hospital. She works with patients and their family members both in the VGH Kidney Clinic and Hemodialysis Unit. She is involved with the Advanced Care Planning initiative in the renal program and the BC Renal Agency Conservative Management Pathway working group. She is very pleased to be sharing information about some of the needs of Vancouver’s renal patients with you.

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