Quality of Care

Quality of Care and Quality of Life go hand-in-hand for anyone experiencing a chronic illness. First, let's loosely define two concepts:

Quality of Care -- QOC has to do with the medical aspects of your health. It includes the care you receive from your doctor and nursing staff, as well as how well you take care of yourself.

Quality of Life -- QOL has to do with your attitudes and how you spend your time when you are not receiving treatments.

Both QOC and QOL are very important and contribute to how well you live. QOC comes first. You have to become as medically healthy as possible. So, be sure you are getting quality of care. To monitor your quality of care:

  1. Know your numbers and learn what they mean about how well you are doing on dialysis.
  2. Follow your renal diet and take your medications.
  3. Educate yourself on all aspects of kidney disease and become involved in your care as much as possible.
  4. Know your rights and responsiliites.

Once you have taken control of your quality of care, it is time to take stock of your quality of life. Patients with a fully developed life outside of the dialysis routine are better able to cope with the stress and strain of chronic illness. Your life will be made fuller by pursuing those activities that bring you meaning and pleasure. To assess your quality of life consider:

  1. Employment
  2. Exercise
  3. Family and Friends
  4. Travel
  5. Volunteer work

 

Last updated on: February 22, 2008