Why Shared Decision Making Matters for Dialysis Patients

Staying Healthy

By Caroline Wilkie

Caroline Wilkie Caroline Wilkie

If you are on dialysis, or have been on dialysis, you have benefited from the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) guidelines. These are basically a series of best practices for diagnosing and managing kidney disease at all stages.

Now NKF has released an update to KDOQI’s guidelines for hemodialysis. This update is important to patients because it increases emphasis on shared patient-physician decision making when it comes to our dialysis care. Shared decision making is the collaborative process that allows us to work with our healthcare providers to make dialysis care decisions together. It takes into account not only the best scientific evidence available, but our values and preferences as well.

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