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What’s in a Name? Person-centered Dialysis Language
We've all heard that sing-song phrase as kids, right? Too bad it’s never been true. Names can hurt. Language, especially medical language, is often not neutral...
Published on 09/18/2014 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
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
Let’s Change the Default Dialysis Option to HOME
Why is in-center HD the default choice for everyone who start up dialysis treatment almost all over the World? In my eyes, it ought to be the fallback option when all possibilities for home treatment—either PD or home hemodialysis (HHD)—have failed.
Published on 06/09/2014 by Henning Sondergaard
Getting Rid of "Us vs. Them" in Dialysis
It's March, which often means spring (though seemingly not this year!), and it's National Kidney Month, with World Kidney Day on March 13th.
Published on 03/07/2014 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
Matching Dialysis Options to Lifestyle with MyDialysisChoice.org
When consumers on the Facebook dialysis groups want to know, "Which treatment should I pick?" I've started to ask them the question that really matters: "What do you want your life to look like?"
Published on 02/13/2014 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute