Chronic illness affects every aspect of a person's life – physical and emotional well being, ability to work and relationships.
Patients with advanced kidney disease who are referred to a kidney care program receive extensive support from a team of nephrologists, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and social workers to manage their condition.
The BC Renal Agency, working with kidney care teams across the province, have produced a number of tools to help you manage your care and make decisions about future treatment options.
- Modality Choices for Kidney Patients (self-directed multimedia presentation)
- Transplant Education for Kidney Patients
(more detailed information about transplants) (there will be 2 sections, Modality Choices for Kidney Patients (in many
languages) and this new one called "Transplant Education for Kidney Patients"
(more detailed information about transplants)
Useful sites for patients are listed below. A printer-friendly version of this list is also available.
Leads and coordinates all activities related to organ donation and transplantation in BC. Check out the section on pre-transplant assessment and living donor assessment.
Kidney Foundation of Canada
Information on a variety of kidney-related topics, from early to late stage kidney disease. Includes information about the KIDNEY CONNECT Peer Support Program.
Kidney Foundation of Canada Community Kitchen
Kidney diet information, meal planning tools and kidney-friendly recipes.
Healthy Families BC
Tools, resources and programs for healthy living.
National Kidney Disease Education Program
Information on how to delay or prevent kidney failure.
Interactive, web-based learning program designed specifically for patients. Described as "the site for information, inspiration, motivation and empowerment."
Research-based information site with free downloadable information on all topics related to kidney disease.
Dietitians of Canada
Dietitians of Canada website that offers fact sheets, a healthy body quiz and a nutrition profiler.
Call 811 for questions about healthy eating, food or nutrition. Website provides information sheets for people with various medical and health conditions.
Offers support, information, and practical tips to help quit smoking.
Physical Activity Line
Physical activity counselling service. Includes physical activity and healthy living information.
Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology
Information on physical activity.
*The information in our patient handout materials are provided for educational/information purposes, and to support discussion with your health care team about your medical condition and treatment. It does not constitute medical advice and should not substitute for advice given by your physician or other qualified health care professional.