Welcome to the non-profit Medical Education Institute's Home Dialysis Central blogspot! This page is an umbrella under which Home Dialysis Central staff and guests can share their perspectives about home therapies and what we need to do to raise their profile and enable more people to use them. We'd like your comments as well! Bookmark our site and like us on Facebook! Help us tell the world about home dialysis.
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How do I Communicate the Benefits of Home HD to my Patients? A View from New Zealand
Over half of all dialysis patients in the country are on home dialysis. In my hospital, this proportion is somewhat lower, at around 45%. I want to say outright that this is not achieved by rationing of dialysis to get a healthier patient pool.
Published on 07/31/2014 by Dr. Mark Marshall
Depression and the Vital Role of Home Therapies
So, here’s a non-shocker: a new metaanalysis of 12 observational studies has found that depression increases the risk of death on dialysis by 45%.
Published on 06/26/2014 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
How to Help Home Dialysis Patients Work
How many more home dialysis patients could work if they were encouraged to keep their jobs and/or informed about work incentive programs that could help them return to work—and keep their employer group health plans?
Published on 06/19/2014 by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW
Dialysis: Options Education is NOT Optional (& Tools to Help)
Almost exactly six years ago, on April 15, 2008, the "new" Conditions for Coverage for Dialysis Facilities was published in the Federal Register.
Published on 05/01/2014 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
The 'Volume-safe Dialysis Duration' KPI
The following blog explores some simple, utterly naïve and probably crazy thoughts I have had about the development of a 'volume' Key Performance Indicator (KPI) for the day-to-day clinical management of dialysis patients.
Published on 04/24/2014 by Dr. John Agar