Current State-of-Practice: Transportation for Patients with End Stage Renal Disease

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Park, S., & Kear, T.M. (2017). Current state-of-practice: Transportation for patients with end stage renal disease. Nephrology Nursing Journal, 44(4), 309–315.

Patients receiving care for the management of end stage renal disease require transport to nephrology practice settings and treatment centers for hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. This type of transportation, defined as non-emergency medical transportation, has long presented a challenge for patients, families, and healthcare providers. This article explores the current and projected statistics and trends for chronic kidney disease, transportation challenges faced by patients and nephrology healthcare providers, and examples of successful transportation services and programs. Implications for practice with a focus placed on the importance of an interprofessional approach are described.

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