Kidney Health Resources

Free educational resources to inspire and empower kidney disease patients and healthcare providers.

Empowered CKD Management Protocol

By Empowered Kidney Care / September 28, 2021

Through the past six months at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, Dr. Richard Gibney and the Empowered Kidney Care team have published a first draft of their official empowered CKD Management Protocol. Already, the first six month’s results are inspiring, demonstrating a promising start to a complete empowered kidney…

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Kidney Care Empowerment Checklist

By Empowered Kidney Care / June 2, 2021

Healthcare empowerment sounds like a great idea, but what exactly does it mean? It can feel like an intimidating goal for both patients and healthcare providers. Many doctors may walk into an exam room with the best of intentions but not know the right questions to ask. Patients too may want to take control of…

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Healthcare Lessons Learned through the Pandemic

By Empowered Kidney Care / February 24, 2021

Across the board, 2020 led to widespread innovation in response to the complex needs of work, school, and life amidst COVID-19. It was an incredibly formative year, squeezing perhaps decades of cultural and technological progress into the span of a few short months. “We were going at turtle speed towards 21st century skills… COVID forced…

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What is self-care in-center dialysis?

By Dr. Richard Gibney / August 17, 2020

Today in the United States, an estimated 37 million people suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) or End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Many of them are required to supplement their bodies’ natural filtering capabilities through kidney dialysis. If you are one of these people, your first visit to the dialysis center can be overwhelming. You’ve…

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STEM activities provide hope for kids on dialysis

By Empowered Kidney Care / June 16, 2020

Most kids don’t want to spend four hours in a hospital chair, three to five times a week, but for many young Americans with chronic kidney disease (CKD), routine dialysis is a huge part of their lives. Marcus* is a 16 year-old CKD patient at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He’ll tell you that dialysis makes him…

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How Can Self-Care Dialysis Improve Outcomes?

By Dr. Richard Gibney / April 20, 2020

A few years ago, I put together this article and video with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). Early conversations and experiences with IHI were instrumental in thinking through the Empowered Kidney Care movement, and in this video, you will hear a brief introduction into how the Empowered Kidney Care model began.

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