Principles of Care

In fulfilling our advocacy mission, The Kidney Foundation recognized that an important first step was the development of fundamental principles of care. The document, Principles of Care for Chronic Kidney Disease, provides the basic orientation for our advocacy efforts on behalf of people living with kidney disease.

These principles, in development since 1995, are now an integral part of our advocacy efforts and will help to ensure consistent, high quality care for kidney patients across Canada.

Principles of Care

  1. All individuals who can derive net benefit from and want treatment for kidney disease should have equitable access to medically-appropriate, cost-effective treatment regardless of background and personal circumstance.

  2. All individuals with kidney disease should have access to a comprehensive continuum of care, ethical treatment and support services aimed at optimizing patient outcomes and quality of life.

  3. All individuals should have ongoing access to an appropriately qualified interdisciplinary healthcare team.

  4. All individuals with kidney disease and their caregivers should be provided with information about all treatment options so that they are able to participate fully in decisions about their care and make informed choices.

  5. All individuals with kidney disease have the right to refuse or discontinue treatment, and to be supported in their decision.

  6. No individual with kidney disease should be denied access to medically-necessary drugs or adequate nutrition because of their inability to pay.




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