Home modalities are under utilized in the United States with only 8% of all ESRD patients using a home therapy. The intent of the Home Dialysis QIA is to promote early referrals to home modalities, increase initiation rates, identify and mitigate the barriers to the initiation process and educate staff and patients on the benefits of home modalities. The Network will increase the number of patients on home modalities by participating in the ESRD NCC Home Dialysis LAN and spreading the objectives and interventions to the Network community.
Appropriate Home Dialysis QIA
The Network will work with the entire Network Service Area to increase the number of home initiations from 2019 by 2.25%.
Patient Facility Representative
Research and best practices have demonstrated that units with active participation of patients as members of the health care team achieve better clinical outcomes more readily. This year, the Network is requesting that each facility in the Promote Appropriate Home Dialysis QIA designate at least one patient, or preferably, one patient per shift to take the lead on special projects. We will provide training for these patients to supervise these programs in the clinic. Patients should be viewed as role models in the unit as far as the ability to lead and become "the unofficial spokesman" on the care team.
In this role, the patient will:
- Provide contact information to the Network.
- Participate in educational and information web conference presentations with the Network.
- Review educational materials designed for patients in the target facilities and throughout the Network community.
- Distribute and review resources with patients.