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Table 1 Categories and sub-categories

From: End-of-life and palliative care of patients on maintenance hemodialysis treatment: a focus group study

Understanding of palliative care in the hemodialysis context Palliative care means dialysis withdrawal and end-of-life care
Palliative dialysis means focusing on quality of life rather than medical parameters
Challenges of palliative and end-of-life care Relations and changing functions
End-of-life communication
Support of family members
Symptom management
Organization of care of patients with palliative care needs
End-of-life care involves a need for follow-up conversations Post-bereavement meetings with family members
Information to co-patients
Follow-up conversations for the staff