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Nephrologists work daily to improve the quality of care for their patients. These kidney doctors know that when their patients understand their condition, they can better manage their kidney health.

“Let’s Talk About Kidneys'' takes a deep dive into the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patient journey. It’s a podcast that inspires meaningful conversations and helps people living with CKD gain a full understanding of their disease.

With this knowledge, CKD patients can improve their outcomes while living a longer, more fulfilling life.

Do you know anyone with CKD? Tune in to gain valuable information that can help you understand and support your loved ones who are living with kidney disease.

Let’s Talk About Kidneys Dallas Nephrology Associates

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Nephrologists work daily to improve the quality of care for their patients. These kidney doctors know that when their patients understand their condition, they can better manage their kidney health.

“Let’s Talk About Kidneys'' takes a deep dive into the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patient journey. It’s a podcast that inspires meaningful conversations and helps people living with CKD gain a full understanding of their disease.

With this knowledge, CKD patients can improve their outcomes while living a longer, more fulfilling life.

Do you know anyone with CKD? Tune in to gain valuable information that can help you understand and support your loved ones who are living with kidney disease.

    Celebrating 50 Years of Kidney Care Excellence

    Celebrating 50 Years of Kidney Care Excellence

    Take a behind-the-scenes look into the world of DNA with real examples of our values in daily life. In this episode, Dr. Ruben Velez reflects on DNA's growth and what it means to provide 50 years of kidney care and health. 
     
    How Has Healthcare and DNA Changed? 
     
    Dr. Velez has been with DNA for 38 years. DNA was founded in a different era of healthcare, in 1971, just before dialysis was approved by Congress in 1972. Dr. Velez describes the growth as impressive, having seen DNA be involved locally, state-wide, and nation-wide with almost every nephrology organization. 
     
    Dr. Velez reflects on the early days of DNA and how healthcare has changed since then. The increased availability and education of dialysis have transformed patients' lives and their families. Dr. Velez shares that his work as a physician is to open a door into his patients' lives, learn from them, and ultimately become a part of their families. A smile or a laugh from a patient is one of the most essential medicines. In Dr. Velez's opinion, the definition of a good physician is not the one who knows the most but who cares the most. 
     
    How Has DNA Influenced the Nephrology Field? 
     
    DNA has been involved with research from the beginning, including dialysis and modern medications and creating early dialysis software systems. In addition, DNA has collaborated with the Dallas County Medical Society, along with other county-level leaderships, where they were able to provide care to community members without insurance, as well as the National Kidney Foundation, which allowed them to evaluate patients with kidney problems they would have been unaware of. 
     
    Dr. Velez believes that we are entering a new era of healthcare, one where we can't yet see the full scope of the revolution on the horizon. Artificial intelligence, telemedicine, and other technological advancements will likely change the field of medicine in ways that can't be predicted. Telemedicine is one tool that Dr. Velez utilizes cautiously, as it can make healthcare more accessible but has specific limitations. 
     
    The History and Legacy of DNA 
     
    In the field of nephrology, organizations always turned to DNA to see what they were doing. In addition, Dr. Velez recalls that nephrologists from across the country would call to learn from others, which he believes to be the key to delivering better care: learning and working together. 
     
    In Velez's words, DNA has been there from day 1 and will continue to be there. In the future, he hopes that the need for dialysis will be delayed or even cured altogether but that everything is a work in progress. For himself, Dr. Velez continues to prioritize having fun, caring about his work, and building a bond with his patients every day.
    DISCLAIMER
    Dallas Nephrology Associates’ (DNA) podcast series, Let’s Talk About Kidneys, is provided for general information purposes only and does not replace the need to talk with a healthcare professional about your unique situation, care and options. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible so you can be as informed as possible. Reference to any specific product, service, entity or organization does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by DNA.
    READ FULL DISCLAIMER (https://www.dneph.com/podcast-disclaimer/)

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    What Matters Most to a CKD Patient & Their Family

    What Matters Most to a CKD Patient & Their Family

    Take a behind-the-scenes look into the world of DNA with real examples of our values in daily life. Listen in as Senior Program Manager of the DNA Supportive Care Team. Mary Beth Callahan offers her insight into how patients and their families might manage life with chronic disease and explore care options.
     
    WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE SUPPORTIVE CARE TEAM?
     
    A lot can be going through a patient's mind with chronic illness. The Supportive Care Team works to understand the patient's priorities, reliably document their desires for treatment, and align those values with long-term care.
     
    'Supportive care' is purposefully vague; it's flexible. What matters most to a patient may change over time, and care options should change with them. Callahan believes it's most important to be present in conversations about care with patients and remember listening amidst their busy practices. 
     
    WHAT IS AN ADVANCE DIRECTIVE? 
     
    An advance directive can also be called a living will or health care power of attorney. This power lies in a second person, such as a spouse or family member, who can speak on behalf of a patient who can't speak for themselves. Every patient will have different values regarding their health and quality of life, and an advance directive specifies those treatment options. 
     
    Callahan emphasizes the importance of having these conversations early and often so that there's no guesswork to the patient's wishes. The best time to document a medical power of attorney, in her opinion, is tomorrow. Act sooner rather than waiting for a medical emergency to happen later. 
     
    HOW DNA IS IMPROVING ADVANCE CARE PLANNING 
     
    DNA is fortunate enough to have been a part of the 18-mo Pathways Project, a mentoring program where members of the Supportive Care Team learned that small tests create change. By offering the opportunity to start a conversation, healthcare providers can honor the patient's wishes for treatment.  
    Callahan hopes that listeners will approach medical care with curiosity, to ask questions and find the answers they need. In addition, she hopes healthcare providers will learn to hold space for their patient's emotions and make those emotions part of the conversation. Shared decision-making is at the core of the Supportive Care Team so that healthcare providers can learn what matters most to a patient and reliably align their treatment with their wishes.
     
    LINKS AND RESOURCES
    PREPARE for Your Care website (https://prepareforyourcare.org/en/advance-directive)
     
    DISCLAIMER
    Dallas Nephrology Associates’ (DNA) podcast series, Let’s Talk About Kidneys, is provided for general information purposes only and does not replace the need to talk with a healthcare professional about your unique situation, care and options. Our goal is to provide you with as much information as possible so you can be as informed as possible. Reference to any specific product, service, entity or organization does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by DNA.
    READ FULL DISCLAIMER (https://www.dneph.com/podcast-disclaimer/)

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