Patient engagement is an integral part of improving patient health and patient outcomes. As first step toward increased patient and family member engagement, we at Midwest Kidney Network needed to learn more about what ESRD facilities were already doing. We asked facilities in our 5-state region to share their challenges and best practices.
Challenges and Suggestions
Facilities reported that time, transportation, and coordination of team schedules were significant barriers to increased patient engagement. In addition, facilities offered the following suggestions to make improvements.
- Educate patients in the earlier stages of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD).
- Communicate frequently with family members or caregivers.
- Encourage patients to talk with family members.