Pharmaceutical Care for Dialysis Patients

Systematic Reviews in Pharmacy,2013,4,1,1-6.
Published:Jan, 2013
Type:Invited Review

Pharmaceutical Care for Dialysis Patients

Uday Venkat Mateti, Anantha Naik Nagappa, Manohar Bairy1, Shankar Prasad Nagaraju1, Ravindra Prabhu Attur1

Department of Pharmacy Management, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Manipal University, 1Department of Nephrology, Kasturba Medical College, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India

Abstract:

The incidence of end stage renal disease (ESRD) is increasing worldwide. Dialysis centers are overwhelmed by the increased number of patients. When a patient becomes aware that his/her kidneys are nonfunctional, he/she is likely to be confused and depressed. The counseling of the patient in the matter of drugs, disease, and lifestyle forms an important necessity, which can help the patient’s confidence and motivate the patient for self-care of his/her condition. The counseling of the patient and dispelling the myths regarding ESRD and dialysis is vital for all patients on a continuous basis. This can be achieved by practicing the pharmaceutical care in ESRD patients on dialysis. In this article, the knowhow and the significance of self-management of ESRD patients on dialysis is discussed.