Previously, I wasn’t sure which dialysis treatment wouldn’t disrupt my full-time job. After hearing my concern at the pre-dialysis talk, I was introduced to home-based peritoneal dialysis treatment which I can do overnight.
Mr Thomas Tan who benefited from the programme
The programme, launched at NKF’s Kidney Care Conference on 25 May 2019, is a collaboration between NKF and Khoo Teck Puat Hospital. It involves pre-dialysis talks in the hospital, home visits and peer support groups. It aimed to equip patients with adequate knowledge of the disease, treatment process and dialysis management, and address psychosocial anxiety as early as possible so that patients do not delay treatment. Patients often do not want to decide their treatment plan due to factors such as social influences, limited health literacy, socio-demographics and the need for autonomy.