Quick link: LIVING WITH KIDNEY FAILURE booklet
LIVING WITH REDUCED KIDNEY FUNCTION
A handbook for the self-management of chronic kidney disease
For people who have recently been informed that they have reduced kidney function related to the early stages of chronic kidney disease.
Now only available for download online - see below
Note: this handbook is due for review when funding is available
In this handbook you will find information about normal functioning of your kidneys, about the first signs indicating that they may not be working properly. It also explains what you can do to try and prevent further development of your kidney disease.
Free downloads of the health record sheets from this handbook are available from links below - marked to match relevant Chapter number.
Questions? Call our Kidney Health Information Service: 1800 454 363 or email KHIS@kidney.org.au
BECOME AN EXPERT PATIENT
Many patients become 'experts' as they have to learn a set of life skills to cope with and manage their life. Many GPs who care for people with chronic conditions say patients understand their condition better than they do. Increasing evidence shows that with proper support people with a chronic condition can take the lead in managing their health. This improves their quality of life, their overall mental and physical health and reduces incapacity.
An expert patient is a person who:
- feels confident and in control of their life
- aims to manage their condition and its treatment in partnership with health care professionals
- communicates effectively with health professionals and wish to share responsibility on treatment choices
- makes the best use of resources available to them
- sources and finds evidence-based education resources to educate themselves on their condition
- are realistic about the impact of their disease on themselves and their family
- use their skills and knowledge to lead full lives
Updated 25 November 2014
Disclaimer: This is intended as a general introduction to this topic and is not meant to substitute for your doctor's or health professional's advice. All care is taken to ensure the information is relevant and applicable to each Australian state. It should be noted Kidney Health Australia recognises each person's experience is individual and variations do occur in treatment and management due to personal circumstances. Should you require further info always consult your doctor or health professional.