Submitted by PREPARE NOW Stakeholder, Kelli Collins, MSW, Senior Director of Patient Services at National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has a long history of putting patients first by advocating on behalf of kidney patients; providing education, information and resources to them; and educating healthcare professionals. Being part of the Prepare Now research study with Duke University and Geisinger Health Systems fits in perfectly with our patient-focused mission and we welcome the opportunity!
We are especially interested in helping to figure out the best methods for educating people facing kidney failure about their treatment options. As part of the Prepare Now intervention, study participants will be given the opportunity to talk with someone who has been on dialysis or who has already had a kidney transplant. Additionally, if they have a friend or family member who is considering living organ donation, NKF Peers can match their loved one with a living donor who has already been through the process and can share their experiences first-hand.
Facing kidney failure can be overwhelming. There is a lot to learn and difficult choices to make. It’s helpful to know that there is help out there and that there are other people who have also walked down a similar path. Talking with someone who has been through a similar situation can be a powerful experience. NKF’s successful peer mentoring program, NKF Peers, has been matching people interested in receiving support for over five years now. We are thrilled to share the success of our program with study participants and we encourage anyone interested in talking with someone about dialysis, kidney transplant, or living donation to contact us. We look forward to helping! NKF Peers 1-855-653-7337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.