Booklet helps patients make decisions on kidney dialysis

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A new booklet supported by Sheffield researchers has been launched to help patients with kidney disease make decisions about their treatment.

The document provides information about different dialysis options, and has been developed as part of a study which involved the Sheffield Kidney Institute based at the Northern General Hospital.

Doctors, nurses, patients, carers and kidney specialists helped with the content of the booklet, which features tables describing all four types of dialysis, which people can use to choose their treatment.

The Sheffield research was led by Dr Martin Wilkie, a consultant nephrologist at the city’s main renal unit.

“There are a number of treatments available for patients with kidney failure, including transplantation or kidney dialysis,” he said.

“It is very important for individual patients to be involved in choosing the therapy that is best for them, so providing comprehensive and accessible information at a difficult and daunting time is vital.”

The study was backed by the Kidney Research UK charity.

n For more information or to request a copy visit www.kidneyresearchuk.org/DialysisDecisionAid, email kidneyhealth@kidneyresearchuk.org or call 0845 300 1499.