Age is commonly used as guidance in a variety of life activities having extensive influence on people's lives from social to legal aspects. Health care is no exception, where treatment is often subliminally declined as a certain age is reached, mainly for economic reasons. Humans age at different and unpredicted rates, related to the development of co-morbid conditions, most notably diabetes and cardio-vascular pathology. The way we think about age and being old greatly affects how we will choose between the treatment options. Instead, if we consider the disease or diagnosis as the treatment guide, age will be cancelled out, and become a covariant in addition to all other contributing factors in a specific patient's disease state. This thinking would help the planning and likely improve the selection of renal replacement therapy in patients with kidney failure, where therapeutic options range from no treatment to renal transplant, based on clinical conditions considering risk and outcome projections, regardless of age.
|Titolo:||Optimizing vascular access in the elderly : words we use affect patient care|
GALLIENI, MAURIZIO ALBERTO (Ultimo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/14 - Nefrologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2015|
|Data ahead of print / Data di stampa:||8-set-2015|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.5301/jva.5000466|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|