Life Options, Helping people live long and live well with kidney disease
Help, I Need Dialysis!
How to have a good future with kidney disease
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by Dori Schatell, MS and Dr. John Agar, MD
A life-long kidney patient educator and an internationally-known nephrologist explain how dialysis works; each of the ways to do it; and how your treatment choice may affect your diet, energy level, work, travel, sexuality and fertility, sleep, and survival. Comprehensive and fully referenced, this book is a must-read if you face the life-changing choices that come with kidney failure.
What People are Saying
As a social worker in dialysis I ordered the book and read it. I was so impressed with what it had to say to the dialysis patient I began to pass it around to my readers. It has snowballed and many are lining up to read it. Some patients have ordered it for themselves to share with their families. I think you have made a great contribution to the dialyis community.
For the patient or family member seeking scholarly information about dialysis options, there is no better guide than this book. The book is easy to read, visually appealing, and balanced in the information of options. With logical presentations of the chapters, patient testimonials, and helpful checklists, I found this book to be THE resource for understanding dialysis options.
I received your fabulous new book, and it's wonderful. I walked it around the hospital to show to all the renal fellows I could find. I gave them each a speech about MEI and the book, and they thought I was fabulous for knowing about such cool things. I gave away my bookmarks and went back to the website to order more. I will encourage all of the staff I work with to read it. I think it will help them teach patients in a very accessible way.
As a care partner, I feel patients, caregivers, and medical providers should be required to read this book at least 5 days within starting dialysis, but preferably way before starting.
This is the most comprehensive, factual, patient-oriented book about dialysis that I have read in years. As a dialysis nurse, I find it a wonderful teaching tool that assumes the patients can understand, and explains in a non-patronizing manner. And as a dialysis helper for my husband who started home nocturnal hemodialysis in 1979, it is a remarkable resource. I think anyone connected with dialysis, professionally or as a consumer, could easily benefit from this book.
About the Authors
Dori Schatell, MS, is Executive Director of the non-profit Medical Education Institute, and has more than 23 years of experience researching and developing educational programs for people with kidney disease. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and launched several award-winning websites, including Life Options, Kidney School, and Home Dialysis Central.
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Choosing the Right Dialysis
Interview with author Dori Schatell