Editor's Note: This report describes the need for palliative care in the ESRD population and presents the methods, findings, recommendations, and products of the Promoting Excellence ESRD Workgroup. Five ANNA members - Lesley Dinwiddie, Susan Pfettscher, Jenny Kitsen, Sharon McCarthy, and Helen Danko - participated in the ESRD Workgroup Members' Panel that compiled this report. The appendixes referred to in this text, along with the full document published by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, may be found at www.promotingexcellence.org. To obtain a CDROM with the full document, call the Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care program office at (406) 243-6601 or fax your request to (406) 243-6633.
Acknowledgments: This publication was produced by Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, a National Program Office of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, directed by Ira Byock, MD. Primary authors of this report are: Alvin H. Moss, MD, ESRD Workgroup Chair, and ESRD Workgroup Members. A special thanks to Zandra Dillon for her invaluable assistance with conducting background research, compiling the bibliography, and providing support to Workgroup members; and to Susan Jo Bumagin, Workgroup Director, for her assistance in editing this report.
Note: Copyright, 2002, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Missoula, MT. Reprinted with permission.