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Transition Guides Help Patients Take an Active Role in their Care

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BC Renal transition guides are one set of tools in the toolbox described in BC Renal's patient goal-setting strategy. Each tool is aimed at helping patients and care teams work together to identify what's important to patients in their care and well-being and support them in setting goals that matter most to them. Along with a set of transition guides for patients in the form of PDFs or printed booklets is a set of related reference sheet guides for care teams.

First introduced in fall 2019, the patient guides provide step-by-step information on what happens -  and what to think about - during transitions of starting or stopping different dialysis treatment options, plus conservative care and palliative care. The care team guides take staff through the steps and activities of transitions, covering allocation of responsibility and flow of communication.

Patient guides include:
The related care team guides include:

The patient guides for transitioning to peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis include easy-to-follow sub-sections throughout. After learning what to expect, the subsections support the active role patients have in their health care planning and decisions: 

  • What to expect
  • Things to think about and discuss
  • Questions to ask my kidney care team
  • Decisions I need to make now    

The other patient guides also provide practical information designed to make the information clear and easy to follow for patients. 

As the patient guides were developed over time, the more recent ones evolved to include questions to think about how each treatment option aligns with what matters to the patient and fits with their daily life. Not only do the guides take a more standardized approach to major transition points during disease progression, they also introduce opportunities for conversations and collaboration between patients and their kidney health professionals to ensure successful transitions.

To access all of the care team and patient guides online in one place, see Transitions in Kidney Care.

Printed copies

Printed copies of the patient booklets were distributed to the renal/kidney programs around the province when introduced. Care teams wishing to have additional copies to share with their patients can order them through the BC Renal print materials order form.




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