It is important to take an active role in your dialysis or kidney transplant care.
Not always easy. It is not always simple to make choices about your tests and treatments. Some of the decisions will be challenging. You might not even want or need some of the tests, treatments, or procedures you may be offered.
A better way. Shared decision making is a way that allows you as a patient and your providers to work together to make effective health care decisions. Together, you can take into account the best scientific evidence available, as well as your values and preferences.
Resources for Making Informed Choices
- Speak Up About Your Dialysis Care is a brochure that explains how kidney patients can be active in their care while in the hospital
- Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question and Making Hard Decisions from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN)
- Consumer Health Choices gives you information on specific tests, drugs, hospitals, and more
- Caring Connections gives you information on advance care planning, palliative care, and hospice care from the National Hospice Association