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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 149-155

Living well with kidney disease by patient and care-partner empowerment: kidney health for everyone everywhere

1 The International Federation of Kidney Foundation − World Kidney Alliance (IFKF-WKA), Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, University of California Irvine, California, USA
2 Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, Carol & Richard Yu PD Research Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
3 Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, Department of Medicine, University of Irvine School of Medicine, Orange, California, USA
4 Tanker Foundation, Chennai, India
5 1st Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, AHEPA Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
6 Hong Kong Kidney Foundation and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations − World Kidney Alliance, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
7 Renal Unit, Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, University of , Ituku-Ozalla, Enugu, Nigeria
8 James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children, University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA
9 Italian Kidney Foundation, Rome, Italy
10 World Kidney Day Office, Brussels, Belgium
11 Polycystic Kidney Disease Charity, London, UK
12 American Association of Kidney Patients, Tampa, Florida, USA
13 Hong Kong Kideny Foundation, Hong Kong, China
14 Nephrology Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
15 Sydney School of Public Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh
Division of Nephrology, Hypertension and Kidney Transplantation, University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Orange, California 92868
Dr. Philip Kam-Tao Li
Department of Medicine and Therapeutics Prince of Wales Hospital, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 30–32 Ngan Shing Street, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong
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DOI: 10.4103/jesnt.jesnt_9_21

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Living with chronic kidney disease is associated with hardships for patients and their care-partners. Empowering patients and their care-partners, including family members or friends involved in their care, may help minimize the burden and consequences of chronic kidney disease-related symptoms to enable life participation. There is a need to broaden the focus on living well with kidney disease and re-engagement in life, including an emphasis on patients being in control. The World Kidney Day Joint Steering Committee has declared 2021 the year of ‘Living Well with Kidney Disease’ in an effort to increase education and awareness on the important goal of patient empowerment and life participation. This calls for the development and implementation of validated patient-reported outcome measures to assess and address areas of life participation in routine care. It could be supported by regulatory agencies as a metric for quality care or to support labeling claims for medicines and devices. Funding agencies could establish targeted calls for research studies that address the priorities of patients. Patients with kidney disease and their care-partners should feel supported to live well through concerted efforts by kidney care communities including during pandemics. In the overall wellness program for patients with kidney disease, the need for prevention should be reiterated. Early detection with a prolonged course of wellness despite kidney disease, after effective secondary and tertiary prevention programs, should be promoted. World Kidney Day 2021 continues to call for increased awareness of the importance of preventive measures throughout populations, professionals, and policy makers, applicable to both developed and developing countries.

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