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How Can Self-Care Dialysis Improve Outcomes?

Richard Gibney, MD, Nephrologist, Central Texas Nephrology Associates


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Learning Objectives: At the end of this activity, you will be able to:
  • Discuss an innovative model of dialysis care.
  • Describe the benefits of patient engagement for providers and patients.

Description: Health care providers often talk about the need for patients to be more engaged in their care. Training patients to perform their own dialysis gives them more control over their health and their time, says Dr. Richard Gibney. In this video, he explains how he learned about a new approach to dialysis at the IHI National Forum, and how he brought the Swedish patient and the nurse who pioneered the model home with him, to help improve his clinics in Texas.

Discussion Questions:

  1. Why do you think it was so hard for Dr. Gibney and his colleagues to imagine turning the dialysis machines toward the patients and allowing the patients to touch the machines?
  2. How do you think small tests of change can help systems adapt to a radical change like empowered dialysis?
  3. Do you agree that the patient is the least utilized resource in health care? Why or why not?
  4. Besides empowered dialysis, how else do you think patients could do more of their own care?
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