There are some patients whose health is such that they may not benefit from dialysis or transplant. There are also patients who have difficulty tolerating dialysis and consider stopping treatment. These patients may benefit from Medical Management Without Dialysis (MMWD).
Through shared decision making, MMWD can provide management of symptoms, including pain, psychological and family support and address cultural and spiritual aspects of care. Your health care team can help you and your loved ones understand what to expect with this option and what resources, such as hospice, are available.
Resources on Medical Management without Dialysis
- Coalition for Supportive Care of Kidney Patients aims to improve the quality of life for both patients and families from the time of diagnosis through to end-of-life care.
- Caring Connections gives you information on advance care planning, palliative care, and hospice care from the National Hospice Association.