Dr Shona Methven
Award: £12,643 Dilemmas around Dialysis in People with Dementia: Ethical, Legal, Social and Clinical (3D Study) If an older person with memory problems has advanced kidney disease, they have to choose between dialysis (a machine that cleans the blood, either daily at home, or three times a week in hospital) or conservative kidney management (treating kidney disease symptoms with pills and injections rather than using the machine). This is a very personal decision, since dialysis might prolong life, but it can also be very draining and lead to complications. Shona’s study aims to look closely at the decision-making process when opting for one of the available treatments for patients with memory problems. She will run focus groups of dementia patients with kidney problems and their carers, hospital and community doctors and nurses. Shona is hoping to publish and distribute the results providing the balanced views from patients and healthcare professionals about the pros and cons of treatment options. The results will be published to provide the balanced views from patients and healthcare professionals about the pros and cons of the treatment options, which will help both family members and healthcare professionals when they have to make care decisions for patients with memory problems.