CKD Patient Education Program

CKD patient education that delivers results

“My Kidneys. My Options. My Life.™” Workshop Program

“My Kidneys. My Options. My Life.TM” is the only chronic kidney disease patient stage 4 educational program that utilizes different learning and teaching methods. This educational workshop series—which was developed in conformance with current CMS guidelines for reimbursable CKD education—includes six modules on a variety of topics that are taught one-on-one at the nephrologist’s medical practice.

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CKD4 WORKSHOP PROGRAM INCLUDES

Program Details

CKD4 Workshop Program Details

Each workshop includes a binder with take home materials, a poignant 15-20 minute video and a one-on-one session with a physician educator, who reviews the topic, answers questions and helps the patient create an actionable plan to address each topic. The physician educator is also trained to help the patient set goals and decide on the best and most appropriate treatment plan to meet those goals. The program also facilitates an open dialogue about options for renal replacement therapy, including transplantation and home dialysis.

Workshop Format
Why Raenali
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Education empowers patients to make better choices for themselves, which helps improve health outcomes and quality of life.

Sandra M. Lauriat, MD

Founder and Medical Director, Raenali Publications®

How do CKD Stage 4 patients benefit?

Empowerment

Once patients better understand their chronic kidney disease, they can make informed decisions about lifestyle choices and treatment. Through education, patients learn why they must take an active role in managing their CKD—day-to-day and for the long-term.

They also feel empowered. The most frequent comment patients share in the follow-up surveys is: “I’m so glad to have this information and am ready to make decisions and changes.”

IMPROVED HEALTH OUTCOMES

Patients also learn to make better choices regarding their health. This leads to improved health outcomes, including:

  • Increase in home therapy, i.e. home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
  • Fewer catheters at dialysis initiation.
  • Fewer hospitalizations.
  • Better quality of life with less anxiety.
  • Increased patient engagement.

HOPE

Many patients feel helpless and hopeless following a CKD diagnosis. Through the CKD Stage 4 workshops, they learn they do have options. Patients who attend the CKD Stage 4 workshop series also say they feel less anxiety about their health.

 

More importantly, they learn they can live a healthy and happy life with chronic kidney disease. They feel empowered to take control of their lives and realize that CKD doesn’t mean the end—it’s just one part of who they are.

How do CKD Stage 4 patients benefit?

Empowerment

Once patients better understand their chronic kidney disease, they can make informed decisions about lifestyle choices and treatment. Through education, patients learn why they must take an active role in managing their CKD—day-to-day and for the long-term.

They also feel empowered. The most frequent comment patients share in the follow-up surveys is: “I’m so glad to have this information and am ready to make decisions and changes.”

Improved Health Outcomes

Patients also learn to make better choices regarding their health. This leads to improved health outcomes, including:

  • Increase in-home therapy, i.e. home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
  • Fewer catheters at dialysis initiation.
  • Fewer hospitalizations.
  • Better quality of life with less anxiety.
  • Increased patient engagement.

Hope

Many patients feel helpless and hopeless following a CKD diagnosis. Through the CKD Stage 4 workshops, they learn they do have options. Patients who attend the CKD Stage 4 workshop series also say they feel less anxiety about their health.

 

More importantly, they learn they can live a healthy and happy life with chronic kidney disease. They feel empowered to take control of their lives and realize that CKD doesn’t mean the end—it’s just one part of who they are.

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WORKSHOP 1

Learning About My Kidneys and Kidney Disease

Patients will learn: Normal kidney function, chronic kidney disease, its causes and diagnoses, stages of CKD, treatment goals to prevent CKD progression and how to manage complications, symptoms of CKD, plus a brief description of RRT

WORKSHOP 2

Learning What I Can Do About Kidney Disease

Patients will learn: Importance of patient involvement, six complications of CKD, detailed management of the complications with an action plan

WORKSHOP 3

Learning About My Options - Transplantation

Patients will learn: All about the transplant process, its advantages and disadvantages, the transplant evaluation, transplant surgery and post transplant care, as well as how to decide whether transplant is a good treatment choice

WORKSHOP 4

Learning About My Options - Dialysis

Patients will learn: All about Dialysis, Types of Dialysis, how each works and pros/cons-in-center hemodialysis, home hemodialysis (short daily and nocturnal), peritoneal dialysis. Types of access, how to choose a dialysis modality, travel/work, finances

WORKSHOP 5

Learning About My Options - Informed Decisions and Conservative Treatment

Patients will learn: Their right to choose the best treatment option and the option to have conservative treatment, what a trial period on dialysis is, why it is important to have an Advance Directive and their types, support services including hospice

WORKSHOP 6

Living My Life - Learning to Live Well with CKD

Patients will learn: Connection between emotions and physical health, outline of common emotions (sadness, anxiety, anger, isolation) and coping skills to deal with each emotion, answers to the most common questions about CKD and the importance of an action plan

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS

Once you become a provider you have exclusive access to purchase additional products to help improve patient’s understanding of CKD.

"Understand CKD" Basic Education Class

8-page educational booklet for patients with mild to moderate CKD. Topics covered include the basics of CKD, causes and diagnosis of CKD, Managing CKD and ways to keep the kidneys healthy. Also includes a personal plan and resource list. 

Office Practice Handouts

Handouts on a variety of topics including general information about  CKD to transplant to dialysis options.

Dialysis Access Illustrations

This packet includes detailed illustrations to help patients understand the different dialysis access options including AV fistula and AV graft, hemodialysis catheter, and peritoneal dialysis catheter.

"Understand CKD" Basic Education Class

8-page educational booklet for patients with mild to moderate CKD. Topics covered include the basics of CKD, causes and diagnosis of CKD, Managing CKD and ways to keep the kidneys healthy. Also includes a personal plan and resource list. 

Office Practice Handouts

Handouts on a variety of topics including general information about  CKD to transplant to dialysis options.

Dialysis Access Illustrations

This packet includes detailed illustrations to help patients understand the different dialysis access options including AV fistula and AV graft, hemodialysis catheter, and peritoneal dialysis catheter.

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