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All chronic kidney disease patients to get personal care plan

By Nigel Praities

Renal tsar Dr Donal O'Donoghue has launched a personalised care plan that will be given to all adults with chronic kidney disease over the next three months.

The document provides patients with information about their treatment options, how to manage their condition and will direct them to discuss their care with their GP or specialists.

The ‘My Kidney Care Plan' folder has been piloted in five centres across England, and will now be rolled out across the country by the National Kidney Federation.

The release forms part of the Government's pledge to provide personal care plans for all patients with long-term conditions by next year, an initiative that will take up 10 hours a week for the average practice, according to a recently published Department of Health impact assessment.

Dr O'Donoghue said the plans would give some structure to consultations: 'The Kidney Care Plan allows time for patients to ask questions about aspects of their disease and how it affects their daily life that really concern them.

'CKD is a potentially life threatening condition. But we can improve patients' lives and reduce their risk through planning and treatment that are based on best practice,' he said.

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