Chairman of EKHA, Prof Em. Raymond Vanholder recently gave a keynote talk at the 46th EDTNA/ERCA International Conference in Krakow, Poland entitled, ‘Towards more sustainable kidney care by improving overall health. Patient choice and education: results of a European questionnaire in 9 European countries’. The conference provided the occasion to present the structure and activities of EKHA renal nurses, service leaders, academics, researchers, care givers, people with renal disease and industry partners from around 70 countries.
Prof Vanholder provided an overview of the results of the Multi-Country Survey of Patient Choice of RRT in Europe conducted by EKHA, which aimed at better understanding the reality of inequalities in choice of kidney care in the EU.
As Prof. Vanholder explained, the overarching goal of the initiative was to address the patient choice of treatment (or lack thereof) and look at how it relates in the context of the sustainability of kidney care, economic impact on health systems, and outcomes impact on the patient and his or her quality of life.
After presenting the results of the multi-country survey, Prof Vanholder led the audience through EKHA’s recommendations to improve primary and secondary prevention through patient education, and to improving patients’ access to choice of treatment.
For more information on the survey, please see here (page 5 of the report)