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Getting the most out of the time you have with your healthcare team sometimes means asking the right questions.

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Getting the Right Information at the Right Time

The information on this website is intended to supplement what you have discussed with your healthcare team. Combining this information with what you have already been told may help you make important treatment decisions. 

- to decide whether or not you want to have treatment

- to choose between different types of treatment

 - to decide whether you want to continue with the same treatment

What you choose to do should depend on what is important to you. 


3 Good Questions to Ask

When it comes to you having to make decisions about your healthcare, in collaboration with your healthcare team, it is a good idea to ask these 3 questions:

1. What are my options?

2. What are the pros and cons of each option for me?

3. How do I get support to help me make a decision that is right for me? 

These 3 questions are based on

Shepherd HL, et al. Three questions that patients can ask to improve the quality of information physicians give about treatment options: A cross-over trial. Patient Education and Counselling, 2011;84: 379-85

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Kidney Care UK

Kidney Care UK are the leading kidney patient support charity providing practical, financial and emotional support for kidney patients and their families and campaigning to improve care and services across the UK. 

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National Kidney Federation

The National Kidney Federation is a national kidney charity run by Kidney Patients for Kidney Patients. Most Renal Units have a Kidney Patient Association (KPA) specially attached to that unit. The NKF campaign for improvements to renal provision and treatment, and national patient support services.