Stressful Ethical Issues in Uremia Therapy
Friedman, Eli A
Kidney international. Supplement 2010 Aug(117): S22-32
The objectives of this review are to introduce and explore the following representative ethical problems generated by modern renal replacement therapy: (1) reviewing the historical origin of medical ethics with specific reference to nephrology; (2) recognizing the complex stresses surrounding assignment of a deceased donor renal transplant to a geriatric patient while young patients continue waiting for a donor kidney; and (3) appreciating the concept of futility and support for a uremic patient opting for death rather than further uremia therapy as the best in choice in coping with renal failure.