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January 14, 1983

When Your Kidneys Fail: A Handbook for Patients and Their Families

Author Affiliations

University of California, Irvine

JAMA. 1983;249(2):283. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330260089053

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Patient education is rapidly becoming a major part of the delivery of hospital and outpatient care. Patients with end-stage renal disease, in particular, face a number of alarming and confusing problems that affect their daily lives in all respects. They deserve clearly written, accurate, and pertinent information on the many questions that arise.

The present soft-cover handbook for patients and families does not meet the need. Some of the definitions of key terms are carelessly rendered, others are written in a confusing manner. It is no longer surprising to see writers with advanced degrees who are functionally illiterate, but I am unable to avoid a fresh little spurt of sadness at the sight.

I suspect that within the walls of several of our teaching hospitals there is already excellent material designed for patient education in nephrology. I wonder if workers in the field might grasp the opportunity to collect, edit,