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Kidney disease is one of the fastest-growing illnesses in BC

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Vancouver – Over 200,000 British Columbians live with some degree of kidney disease and most don't know it. Approximately 3,000 people in the province are on dialysis and 395 are awaiting transplant.

With a prevalence rate similar to diabetes but a much smaller awareness rate, kidney disease is fast becoming a top priority across the province, and the world. This is why patient-centred care is the focus of this year's BC Kidney Days conference (Oct. 18-19th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver). Titled "Raising the Bar: Putting the Patient First," the two-day conference is jointly hosted by BC Transplant and the BC Provincial Renal Agency.

The event brings together clinicians and administrators from the entire spectrum of kidney care delivery to discuss the latest research, trends, clinical treatment and surgical breakthroughs, as well as other subjects concerning improvements to kidney patient care. While most delegates
are from BC, there is a growing percentage of attendees from other Canadian provinces and the United States, and registration is expected to exceed 500 attendees.

Topics include:

  •  Transplant Tourism: Where Do We Go from Here? A panel discussion where clinical experts will look at all the major ethical issues and risks surrounding transplant tourism and how to deter it.
  • The link between mental health issues such as anxiety and depression and chronic kidney disease. With increased rates of chronic disease due to our aging population, this is a growing concern in the field, one that will be addressed during Encountering Anxiety and Depression in Chronic Kidney Disease: A Client-Centered Approach.
  • Walk a Mile in Their Shoes: What is True Patient-Centred Care? features dialysis patient Jared Provost, who independently manages his own dialysis treatments several nights a week through an innovative program offered at Vancouver General Hospital.

Speakers at BC Kidney Days will be available for media interviews before and during the conference. For a complete look at this year's program go to:​


Jared Provost, patient at Vancouver General Hospital's pilot project In-Centre Independent Nocturnal Hemodialysis Centre

"There is a culture change currently going on in BC in which patients can treat their kidney disease through independent hemodialysis. These technological and patient care upgrades allow patients to take total control of their treatment. They can now set up their own machines, inject themselves, administer their own medications, draw up their own blood, as well as learn how to read their own bloodwork. By patients taking that control, it eliminates the fear of anxieties and the unknown."

Bobbi Preston, MSW, RSW, Nephrology Social Worker, Fraser Health Authority

"Kidney disease is most often chronic, secondary to other health issues, and requires a significant commitment on behalf of the patient with regards to self-management - even more so for those patients who will progress to requiring renal replacement treatment. Patients often experience anxiety and depression related to a chronic disease while existing mental health issues have the potential to affect how a patient may manage the impact of a physical health diagnosis as well as treatment. A client-centered approach acknowledges the bigger picture and what concerns the patient. It also takes into account that physical and mental health concerns may compound one another, and partners with the patient for assessment, appropriate interventions, and the best possible outcomes."

Media Contact:
Patrick Blennerhassett
Communications Officer
Provincial Health Services Authority
Media pager: 604-871-5699




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