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NEW YORK, NY––(March 30, 2011)––Kidney failure patients have a new resource to help them decide whether home dialysis is right for them. “Have You Thought About Dialysis at Home?” is a brochure containing critical information for patients considering whether peritoneal or home hemodialysis can help them meet their clinical and lifestyle needs. The brochure, developed through the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and Baxter Healthcare Corporation’s “Partnership in Education,” is available at no cost to patients through the NKF website at http://www.kidney.org/patients/pdf/12-10-0337_KBA_HomeDialysisBaxter.pdf
“Patients and their families need to make the treatment choice that will work best for their health and lifestyles”, says Gigi Politoski, NKF Senior Vice President for Programs. “We believe that the patient is the most important member of the health care team and that an informed patient will make the best decision. This new publication is intended to educate and spark conversation between patients and their clinicians to help them make the treatment choice that’s right for them.”
The brochure provides an overview of treatment options for kidney failure, in–depth descriptions of the various methods of home dialysis, answers to commonly asked questions regarding patient safety, retaining residual kidney function and medical history. The brochure also addresses lifestyle issues, fact and fiction regarding home dialysis and offers a list of important questions to ask the health care team as well as additional resources to learn more about home dialysis options.
“Dialysis treatment is like a part–time job. As a home dialysis patient, I can plan my life around my treatments, not the other way around,’ says Jennifer Castillo, a career coach from the San Francisco Bay area, who’s been on dialysis for more than thirty years. “After reading the NKFâ€™s new brochure on home dialysis, I felt inspired to learn more and talk with other home care patients.”
Home dialysis can offer many kidney failure patients the same or better outcomes as in–center dialysis, according to a recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine1 and yet less than 10 percent of all kidney failure patients in the country perform dialysis at home, according to the United States Renal Data System.
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing and treating kidney disease, improving the health and well-being of individuals and families affected by this disease and increasing availability of all organs for transplantation. Visit www.kidney.org for more information.