Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-settings.php on line 520

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-settings.php on line 535

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-settings.php on line 542

Deprecated: Assigning the return value of new by reference is deprecated in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-settings.php on line 578

Deprecated: Function set_magic_quotes_runtime() is deprecated in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-settings.php on line 18

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Page::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1199

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_PageDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1244

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Category::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1391

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_CategoryDropdown::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/classes.php on line 1442

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class wpdb in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/wp-db.php on line 306

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Object_Cache in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/cache.php on line 431

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::start_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::start_lvl(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::end_lvl() should be compatible with Walker::end_lvl(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::start_el() should be compatible with Walker::start_el(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Declaration of Walker_Comment::end_el() should be compatible with Walker::end_el(&$output) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/comment-template.php on line 0

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Dependencies in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/class.wp-dependencies.php on line 31

Strict Standards: Redefining already defined constructor for class WP_Http in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/http.php on line 61

Warning: Cannot modify header information - headers already sent by (output started at /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-settings.php:520) in /home/dvaadmin/physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/wp-includes/feed-rss2.php on line 8
Truth About Dialysis http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com Just another WordPress weblog Thu, 17 Apr 2008 00:00:24 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.7.1 en hourly 1 Study determines patient attitudes http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=18 http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=18#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2008 23:59:32 +0000 ladams http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=18 nurse-with-patient.jpgA 2007 study aimed at determining renal patients’ attitudes toward home dialysis finds that home dialysis patients are more compliant when they are able to work their treatments in around their daily schedules.

“During the initial period of adjustment to treatment, many participants learned their need for treatment by experimenting with the therapeutic prescription. They then used their knowledge of the therapy to alter their treatment regime to maintain their normal lifestyle. Having modified their therapeutic prescription, participants’ motivation to continue meeting the continuing demands of the treatment regime was influenced by their individual life situation, including their relationships, work and personal attitudes towards life.”

Read the full abstract.

Visit www.davita.com/home/physicians for more information about home dialysis.

]]>
http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?feed=rss2&p=18
Study finds buttonhole benefits http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=17 http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=17#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2008 21:45:18 +0000 ladams http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=17 A 2007 study shows that “compared with the rope-ladder technique, the buttonhole method offers the advantage of an easier cannulation procedure with less bad sticks.” Thirty-eight patients with native arteriovenous fistulas were observed over an 18-month period. The research team monitored a number of things including cannulating ease, pain, bleeding and number of bad sticks.

Read the full abstract or visit www.davita.com/home/physicians for more information about home dialysis.

]]>
http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?feed=rss2&p=17
Home dialysis physician site gets revamped http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=15 http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=15#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2008 19:52:10 +0000 ladams http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=15 Some of you may have noticed that DaVita’s home dialysis physician website got a make-over. That’s because all of DaVita’s home dialysis services are now part of DaVita.com.  The new and improved DaVita.com/Home/Physicians  has everything you need to learn more about home dialysis and DaVita. 

Visit DaVita.com/Home/Physicians for:

Research
Information on treatment modalities
Criteria for screening your patients
Answers to frequently asked questions
And more!

Visit DaVita.com/Home/Physicians today.

]]>
http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?feed=rss2&p=15
Study finds home hemodialysis is viable option http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=14 http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=14#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2008 19:54:02 +0000 ladams http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=14 A 2007 comparison of home hemodialysis and in-center hemodialysis shows that home dialysis is “a viable dialysis option for end-stage renal disease patients capable of self/partner-administered dialysis.”

The study was conducted using 32 dialysis patients at 6 different U.S. centers over an 18-week period.

Read the full abstract or visit www.davita.com/home/physicians for more information on home dialysis.

]]>
http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?feed=rss2&p=14
Take their word for it. http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=12 http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=12#comments Thu, 21 Feb 2008 23:25:39 +0000 cdengler http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=12 Some doctors have a lot of worries when it comes to putting their patients on home dialysis. They worry that their patients are too sick. They worry that their patients won’t know what to do. They worry that they won’t see their patients. And the worries go on and on.

But what doctors need to realize is that their patients are not as worried. Patients believe they are smart enough to learn to do home dialysis. They feel empowered to take better care of themselves on home dialysis. They even stay more connected with their doctors as they begin to feel better and take control of their health.

If you don’t believe me, check out what patients have to say about home dialysis.

Read DaVita’s patient stories.

Learn more about home dialysis at www.davita.com/home/physicians.

]]>
http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?feed=rss2&p=12
Home dialysis: You won’t lose control of your patients. http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=4 http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=4#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2008 17:06:58 +0000 cdengler http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=4 doctor-with-patient.jpgIf you’re like most doctors, you may think that offering home hemodialysis as an option to your patients means you could potentially lose control of your patients and put their care in someone else’s hands. However, this is not true.

Home dialysis patients are not required to change nephrologists. DaVita values partnerships with each patient’s personal physician. In fact, DaVita manages every patient’s care as a team effort with the physician.

Your patients will have monthly in-center visits with you, their nurses, their renal dietitians and their social workers to make sure everything is going well. During these monthly check-ups, you will have a chance to modify your patients’ dialysis treatments if needed, prescribe diet regulations and medication and manage their ongoing medical care. If you would like to see your patients more than once a month, you can simply schedule additional appointments with them.

“The risk of patient loss is greater for physicians who choose against offering home hemodialysis as an option for their patients,” Dr. Michael Aragon, a nephrologist, said.

Visit www.davita.com/home/physicians for more information on home dialysis.

]]>
http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?feed=rss2&p=4
Home dialysis: Your patients are not too sick. http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=6 http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=6#comments Thu, 31 Jan 2008 17:28:35 +0000 cdengler http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=6 Most patients on home dialysis report feeling better than they did when they were on in-center dialysis. Among their reported results are more energy, increased appetite, lower blood pressure, reductions in medication(s), better hemoglobin values and the ability to continue working.

They also experience all the convenience, comfort and freedom that comes with dialyzing at home.

“I have successfully dialyzed patients at home that I previously thought were ‘too sick.’ With the right support system, my ‘too sick’ patients did great,” Dr. Joel Glickman, a nephrologist, said.

To learn more about home dialysis, visit  www.davita.com/home/physicians.

]]>
http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?feed=rss2&p=6
Home dialysis: It will fit into your schedule. http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=5 http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=5#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2008 17:22:17 +0000 cdengler http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=5 man-with-agenda-book.jpgBusy nephrologists often see home dialysis as something that won’t fit into their schedules. This is a common misconception.

“My staff was pleased with how well these patients integrated into our PD program, allowing us to provide more options to patients,” Dr. Robert Provenzano, a nephrologist, said.

DaVita’s home dialysis program provides full services for home patients, including training and monthly care team assessments. Physicians will see their home hemo and/or PD patients on a monthly basis and work seamlessly with the care team on each patient’s progress. In addition, they will receive monthly patient and clinical outcome reports. They will also receive quarterly DaVita Quality Index (”DQI”) reports to help them follow their patients’ progress and to assess and compare outcomes.

Paper reports are supplemented by the Doctors Using Clinical Information (”DUCK”) custom clinical on-line information system. DaVita at Home is committed to supporting physicians, and we respect their busy schedules.

Visit  www.davita.com/home/physicians for more information on home dialysis.

]]>
http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?feed=rss2&p=5
Home dialysis: Your patients will know what to do. http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=7 http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=7#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2008 17:37:00 +0000 cdengler http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?p=7 DaVita presonalizes training programs to help patients understand how to perform individual treatments, making it easy for your patients to learn to dialyze at home. During training, your patient will learn all the skills and procedures needed to regularly perform treatments independently at home. Plus, DaVita representatives are around 24/7 for support.

“Many more patients can learn to dialyze than we give them credit for,” Dr. Stephen Fadem, a nephrologist, said. “The training process was easier than we expected.”

Visit  www.davita.com/home/physicians for more information about home dialysis.

]]>
http://physicians.truthaboutdialysis.com/?feed=rss2&p=7