Saying no to dialysis: choosing conservative care for end-stage kidney disease

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET)

Speaker: Dr. Susan Wong

Please note that certificates of attendance are available only to health professionals who attend the live airing of the webinar.

Dialysis and kidney transplant are the most common forms of treatment for end-stage kidney disease. However, some patients make the choice to pursue conservative care, and do not seek dialysis or transplant. Conservative care does not necessarily prolong life, but may be the best course of action for the patient, depending on their circumstances.

Our speaker, Dr. Susan Wong, is a nephrologist who specializes in treatment practices and end-of-life care for patients with kidney disease.

Dr. Wong will discuss:

  • The conservative care options for end-stage kidney disease
  • Considerations for patients or their family members when making the decision to choose conservative care

Speaker

Dr. Susan Wong

Susan Wong is a nephrologist at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle and an Acting Instructor in the Division of Nephrology at the University of Washington. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University, her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and her nephrology training, master’s degree in epidemiology and graduate certificates in palliative medicine and clinical ethics from the University of Washington. She is a former recipient of the AKF Clinical Scientist in Nephrology Fellowship and is currently supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Wong conducts research on treatment practices and end-of-life care for patients with kidney disease. Her work describes the patient-, provider- and system-level factors that shape these treatment practices and their downstream clinical outcomes. She hopes that her research can help to inform shared decision-making between patients, families and providers for treatments that best reflect patients’ values, goals and preferences in healthcare.