One event, two perspectives: Lessons learned from patient advocacy 

Caring for a family member can be stressful, particularly when advocating for the care they receive. Read how a patient partner and nephrologist had a heated exchange, before reconnecting through the Can-SOLVE CKD Network. In this 360 Case in CMAJ, they reflect on how the experience changed their outlooks.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion webinar series

The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit in partnership with Can-SOLVE CKD hosted an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) webinar on January 14. The theme was “Equity in Kidney Health: What Does This Mean.... and How Do We Get There?”

Thank you to attendees and participants. This important conversation covered a range of topics, including: equitable access to care; transplant timelines, processes and outcomes; and social determinants of access to health care including language impacts. 

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Hemodialysis website seeking patient partner feedback

Take a short survey to provide feedback on a new website for the STOP Med-HD project, focused on decreasing patients' medication burden.

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Development and Preliminary Psychometric Testing of an Adult Chronic Kidney Disease Self-Management (CKD-SM) Questionnaire

Self-management focused interventions to slow chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression are increasingly common. However, valid self-report instruments to evaluate the effectiveness of self-management interventions in CKD are limited.

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Patient, Caregiver, and Provider Perspectives on Improving Information Delivery in Hemodialysis: A Qualitative Study

Patients with kidney failure are exposed to a surfeit of new information about their disease and treatment, often resulting in ineffective communication between patients and providers. Improving the amount, timing, and individualization of information received has been identified as a priority in in-center hemodialysis care.

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Burden of mental health symptoms and perceptions of their management in in-centre hemodialysis care: a mixed methods study

The research team aimed to describe depressive and anxiety symptom burdens reported by adults on in-centre hemodialysis in Northern Alberta and patients' and nurses' perceptions of managing such symptoms using routine patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs).

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Can-SOLVE CKD 2021 Impact Report now available

We are pleased to announce our 2021 Impact Report is now available! The report includes highlights of our activities, projects, achievements, and contributions to kidney health research over the past year. Special thank you to our funding partners for their generous support of our network.

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The Kidney Quarterly | Issue 4

Make sure to check out issue 4 of The Kidney Quarterly! In this issue we celebrate five years of patient-oriented research. As we celebrate the achievements of our first phase and set course for the next step of our journey, we reflect on some of the ways Can-SOLVE CKD transformed Canada's kidney research landscape.

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Learn more about Can-SOLVE CKD Research Projects

Improving Renal Complications in Adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes through Research (iCARE), which is co-led by Dr. Allison Dart and Dr. Brandy Wicklow at the University of Manitoba, delves into the psychosocial factors that may contribute to diabetes-associated kidney disease in youth with type 2 diabetes. 

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CNTN Spotlight Podcast Episode 2 available

In this episode Dr. Stephanie Thompson from the University of Alberta talks about the challenges and lessons learned from her recent exercise trial.

Episode 3 will be released in February and feature Dr. David Collister.

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Operations Team Update
Thank you to Project Manager Mila Tang for her contributions to our network. Mila has been with Can-SOLVE CKD since inception and most recently coordinated our sustainability planning process. We wish Mila all the best in her new role with Michael Smith Health Research BC.
Join us in welcoming Grace Oloresisimo to the role of BC Kidney Check Nurse. She will work collaboratively with local Indigenous communities to provide kidney health screening and education. Grace can be reached at
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Get Involved: Pediatrics Committee is looking for patient representatives

Become a member of a Canadian child kidney health and disease research committee as a patient representative.
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Get Involved: CNTN Capacity Building Committee is looking for community researchers 

The Canadian Nephrology Trials Network (CNTN) Capacity Building Committee is looking for more members, specifically community researchers. Learn how to get involved!

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