Bhubaneswar: On the occasion of World Kidney Day, CARE Hospitals Bhubaneswar takes a holistic Inter-disciplinary Care (IDC) approach to treat kidney patients in the city. IDC is a coordinated, patient-centered approach that integrates separate disciplines to achieve common goals. This multi-disciplinary approach to Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) care will entails nephrologists and other health care providers from different disciplines (e.g. physician extenders, pharmacists, social workers, and dieticians) collaboratively implementing evidence-based guideline-driven protocols in CKD care.
As a part of the coordinated patient-centered approach, the hospital has also launched a special Kidney Transplant Clinic offering special month-long packages for Kidney transplantation to address the growing concerns of End stage renal diseases in the country. A team of Nephrologists from all over the country including Prof S.K.Palit MBBS, MD (Med), DM (Nephrologist), and Head Department of Nephrology, SCB Medical College, Cuttack and Vast Experience on Kidney Transplant, Dr A.K Panda MBBS, MD (Med), DM (Nephrologist) Sr. Consultant Nephrology will be a part of the clinic.
Elaborating on the coordinated patient-centered approach Prof S.K. Palit, Director Emeritus Nephrology, CARE Hospitals said, “Diabetes, High blood pressure, Heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease, obesity, abnormal kidney structure, old age etc. are key factors that need to be considered and simultaneously addressed to treat Chronic Kidney disease patients.”
“An interdisciplinary care approach will help doctors set ups plans in coordination with the patients and work closely with other advanced practice professionals where input from each provider will be taken into consideration and weighed against the benefits and risks to the patient to provide a customised care.”
Speaking about the clinic, Dr. AK Panda, Sr. Consultant Nephrology said, “IDC team in our clinic will include physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, dietitians, paramedics, and social workers—all working together to provide effective care to patients with kidney disease. Studies suggest that IDCs may improve patient education and preparedness prior to kidney failure, both of which have been associated with improved health outcomes. Interdisciplinary care will also help delay the progression to end-stage renal disease and reduce mortality.”
In India, CKD affects around -10% of the adult population and it is estimated that every year 2.2 lakh new patients of End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) get added in the country. At CARE Hospitals the Interdisciplinary care for patients with progressive kidney diseases will include dietary counselling, medication and adherence review, dialysis access placement, transplant coordination, advance planning and treatment option education.