Conservative or supportive care without dialysis

The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. A licensed healthcare professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any medical conditions.

You have the right to choose whether or not you would like to undergo dialysis and some people choose not to start dialysis for a variety of reasons.  This is an important decision as people with complete kidney failure will die as a consequence of this if they don't have treatment with dialysis or kidney transplant.

The aim of conservative treatment is to manage the symptoms of kidney failure without using dialysis or transplantation. Conservative treatment includes medical, emotional, social, spiritual and practical care for both the person with kidney failure and their family.1

Some people may choose to try dialysis for a short period of time, allowing them to evaluate life on dialysis and make an informed choice.2

People may also use this time to settle their affairs and farewell their loved ones. The renal care team is responsible for counselling those who do not wish to undergo treatment and will ultimately support their decision.

References

Kidney Disease Resources

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