'My kidneys, my choice, decision aid': supporting shared decision making

J Ren Care. 2015 Jun;41(2):81-7. doi: 10.1111/jorc.12100. Epub 2014 Dec 10.


Background: For patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) who are progressing to end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) a decision of whether to undertake dialysis or conservative care is a critical component of the patient journey. Shared decision making for complex decisions such as this could be enhanced by a decision aid, a practice which is well utilised in other disciplines but limited for nephrology.

Methods: A multidisciplinary team in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) utilised current decision-making theory and best practice to develop the 'My Kidneys, My Choice', a decision aid for the treatment of kidney disease.

Results: A patient-centred, five-sectioned tool is now complete and freely available to all ANZ units to support the ESKD education and shared decision-making process. Distribution and education have occurred across ANZ and evaluation of the decision aid in practice is in the first phase.

Conclusions: Development of a new tool such as an ESKD decision aid requires vision, multidisciplinary input and ongoing implementation resources. This tool is being integrated into ANZ, ESKD education practice and is promoting the philosophy of shared decision making.

Keywords: Decision aid; Dialysis; Education; End-stage kidney disease; Shared decision making.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Decision Making*
  • Decision Support Techniques*
  • Decision Theory
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Intersectoral Collaboration
  • Life Style
  • Nurse's Role
  • Palliative Care* / psychology
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Renal Dialysis / nursing*
  • Renal Dialysis / psychology
  • Social Support*