Editor's note: Good move, DaVita! If only we could get the dialysis patient groups to value, talk about, and provide leadership on increasing patient employment.
No other targeted outcome will drive greater and faster positive changes for dialysis patients than increasing patient employment. To the general public, there is no better indicator of medical excellence in dialysis care -- as well as justifying its cost -- than an employed patient.
To drive continuous improvements, there should be ever-ongoing
discussions about needed changes in technology, dialysis providers' services, and financial incentives to increase patient employment and rehabilittion. We have ignored this essential patient engagement for forty years. Not doing so now should be considered iatrogenic... a message that corporate officers need to hear again and again.