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Keywords

Catholic healthcare directives, dialysis, end of life, end-stage renal disease (ESRD), nursing, patient education

 

Authors

  1. Harrah, Mary

Abstract

ABSTRACT: When is treatment an ordinary versus extraordinary intervention? In walking with her father through end-stage renal disease and congestive heart failure, a nurse explores the issue of appropriate intervention and the need for better education of patients. Ethical and religious directives for Catholic healthcare are discussed.