Physician-Assisted Death in the Renal Unit? A special four-part series on the various struggles physicians face with the legalization of Physician-Assisted Death. PART ONE Withdrawal from Dialysis: The HRH Experience Presented by Dr. Rauf Sirman Dr. Sirman presents the psychiatric cases of two renal patients. He describes the psychic makeup of a renal patient requesting dialysis cessation, and [...]
A poem by Linda L. Dowd R.N. Reeling images of long ago are cascading through my mind, Picture-perfect in retrospect, ~ Memories intertwined. I pay no heed to pains of past, nor to regrets or sorrows, For they'd impinge upon todays and darken my tomorrows. I fill my mind with pleasant thoughts, [...]
Do aging couples impact each other’s physical and mental well being? Studies show that as we age in relationships, we become more biologically attuned to our partners. Sharing an environment and making cooperative lifestyle decisions can lead to a couple experiencing similar emotional and physical health effects that manifest themselves as biological similarities. These similarities [...]
If placing a bandaid on a cut is automatic, why do we neglect our psychological health? Guy Winch believes that psychological wounds are just as painful as physical injuries. See his TED talk, "Why we all need to practice emotional first aid", for insightful advice on dealing with the insecurities we all face in times of hardship.
The Canadian Association of Nephrology Dietitians (CAND) just released a renal cookbook that both patients and clinicians will find very helpful. CAND's Kidney Friendly Cooking cookbook is a collection of 192 recipes written by a team of renal dietitians and is designed for use by people at all stages of kidney function. The introduction provides a description of the elements of a [...]
By Norman B. Levy Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry | Associate Director, Medical-Psychiatric Liaison Service | State University of New York | Downstate Medical Center | Brooklyn, New York As its name indicates, “psychonephrology” explores the psychological impact of kidney disease and focuses particularly on patients receiving kidney transplants or [...]
Psychonephrology Lecture Series | Thursday 22 October 2015 | Park Hyatt Hotel | Toronto, Canada Presented by Lewis Cohen, MD Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University | Director, Renal Palliative Care Initiative, Baystate Medical Center | Boston MA Dr. Cohen has published and lectured extensively on palliative care topics in patients on or starting dialysis therapy. In this [...]