Kidney Patients Ask for More Information on
THURSDAY, Feb. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Many kidney failure
patients want more detailed information about their treatment
choices, according to a new study.
More than 30 percent of the 1,000 U.S. patients who took part in
an Internet survey said they felt that the different therapies --
in-center hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis and
kidney transplantation -- were not "equally or fairly presented to
Nearly 70 percent of the respondents told the researchers that
they were not provided with specific education and training about
home hemodialysis, a relatively new option that may offer some
advantages -- including ease of treatment -- over in-center
Overall, the participants were moderately to highly satisfied
with their current treatment, but satisfaction was highest among
transplant patients and home dialysis patients, and lowest among
in-center dialysis patients.
Doctors had the most influence over people's choice of
therapies, the survey found. And, what patients said they wanted
most was more information on new treatment and improved
The study was published online Feb. 17 in the
Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
"Dialysis patients should be provided with enough information to choose optimal therapies," Dr. Stephen Fadem, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and lead author of the report, said in a news release from the American Society of Nephrology. "Our survey shows that dialysis patients do not always receive uniform, thorough information about all possible treatment methods and, as a result, are only moderately satisfied with their pre-treatment education."
The U.S. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney
Diseases has more about
kidney failure treatments.
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