EDTNA/ERCA European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/
European Renal Care Association
EDTNA/ERCA Project Website Dresden 2015
Patient-centred Renal Care – A Multidisciplinary Approach to Holistic Health
Social Workers

Welcome to the Social Work Consultant page!

The psychosocial issues of patients diagnosed with CKD have been given a high priority by the EDTNA/ERCA since the Association’s early days. The Social Work Interest Group members have played a major role in raising awareness of the psychosocial needs of patients and their families. The Social Work Interest Group is committed to multi-disciplinary education, training, and psychosocial care.

Major Issues Addressed by Renal Social Work:

  • Psychosocial assessment and ongoing evaluation
  • Coping with CKD and the Renal Replacement Therapy implications
  • Resource referrals: Welfare benefits and Governmental entitlements
  • Patient education and adherence improvement
  • Conflict resolution and mediation
  • End of life issues and Bereavement
  • Advocate renal patients special needs on policy level
  • Quality Standards of renal social work

The Social Work Interest group's publications:

  • Towards a Closer Understanding: A Psycho/Social Handbook for all Renal Care Workers
  • Job description and Quality Standards for Renal Social Workers in Europe (a PDF version is also available)
  • Psychosocial Issues in: Renal Transplantation in: Renal Transplantation: A Guide to Clinical Practice (a PDF version is also available)
  • The Psychosocial Aspects of Peritoneal Dialysis in: Peritoneal Dialysis: A guide to clinical Practice (a PDF version is also available).
  • Psychosocial Aspects in: Conservative Management in Advanced Kidney Disease (a PDF version is also available)  

Workshops held in EDTNA/ERCA previous conferences:
listening skills, coping with aggression, withdrawing from treatment, quality of life, impotence, violence and aggression, tools for dealing with the dying renal patient, Positive Psychology, family issues of coping with dialysis, the Buddhist approach to physical and mental suffering, and elder abuse and neglect

The 2013 project, “The ‘Emotional Climate in a Renal Unit: The Long Lasting Effects of Coping with Personality Disorders, Violence and Aggression, Chronic Illness and Dying Patients”, will be presented at the 2013 Malmo Conference.

Since 2008 the Social Work Interest group has been dissolved. Currently there is an open vacany for the post of Social Work Consultant. For more information how to apply for the vacancy please click here.

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