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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Patient-Centered Care: Reducing Needle Pain and Fear
Do you have patients for whom nothing you say will convince them to get a fistula or graft? Do you have patients who have had a blown stick and bruising of their access site who skip treatments? There may be many root causes for these reactions
Published on 11/07/2013 by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW
Teaching Treatment Options? Watch for Teachable Moments!
Okay, I am risking a cutback in my speaking invitations by sharing this topic with you, but, really, this info needs to be shared! In my reasonably humble opinion, we are largely doing treatment options education WRONG in the US.
Published on 10/31/2013 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute
The Doctor, Dialysis, and the Internet
The moment after you tell your patient that he or she has CKD3-5 and dialysis is approaching, his or her brain will click to instant neutral and little else of what you say will be heard, even if you are a skilled communicator.
Published on 10/24/2013 by Dr. John Agar
Billing for Traveling Home Dialysis Patients
Ease of travel can be a major benefit for patients who choose PD or do home HD with a portable machine. But, how do you handle billing for a home patient who wants to hit the road-for months at a time?
Published on 10/17/2013 by Beth Witten, MSW, ACSW, LSCSW
Thank You, Terry Oberley!
Expecting the best is also a useful strategy in the world of nephrology - and Terry Oberley taught me that.
Published on 10/09/2013 by Dori Schatell, MS, Executive Director, Medical Education Institute