Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a complex medical condition impacting cognition, psychosocial and emotional well-being. In an attempt to implement best practice that support high quality care and improved health outcomes, and in the context of knowledge translation, patient education has been identified as a key component of improving outcomes. There is a need to engage patients and their families in educational programs which enable informed decision-making. Decision-making is required for daily care (e.g., food and lifestyle choices) as well as for longer term care, such as therapeutic choices regarding dialysis modalities and transplantation. Decision-making requires knowledge and understanding and is currently imparted in the health care setting by multiple health care professionals in multiple ways.This multifaceted research project has the overall objective of an improved and comprehensive provincial educational program for patients with kidney disease in BC. This research project includes an evaluation of current programming across BC, as well as designing, implementing and evaluating a new standardized education protocol for Renal Education in BC. Further, a key part of this initiative is knowledge translation—teaching adult education best practices to educators so that they are able to deliver quality educational programs to patients living with CKD.
BC Renal Agency
This video uses interviews with renal care providers to explain the BC Renal Network and the model of renal care delivery in BC, including the roles of the BC Provincial Renal Agency and the regional health authorities.
BC Kidney Days—October 24-25
- Session on the Principles of Adult Learning
“What We Do and What We Know: Merging Practitioner Knowledge and Educational Research to Improve Kidney Patient Education across BC,” a two day workshop for renal educators.
“Best Practices in Adult Education,” session for the Renal Educators of BC meeting (May 2013)