Mental health concerns are very common for people on dialysis, up to four out of 10 experience depression and anxiety. Similar for many Canadians, this has likely increased due to COVID-19. But dialysis patients are also isolated and experiencing significant changes in health care services. Albertans on dialysis have said that their mental health is a top priority. Unfortunately, mental health symptoms are rarely addressed or treated in dialysis care.
This project aims to work together with people on dialysis, community members, clinicians, and researchers to create a “pathway” document to guide mental health care.
This project aims to address a major gap in our understanding about how to address and provide support for those on dialysis who also experience mental wellness challenges. Our findings may ultimately improve the quality of life for Canadians on dialysis living with mental health symptoms, and their families and caregivers. Results may be applied to kidney programs across Canada and internationally.
This project is looking for patient and community partners to share their essential lived-experience and insights of dialysis to give input on the projects’ priorities and processes during monthly online video-calls. This can include reviewing an online survey for clinicians, and reviewing interview and focus group guides.
It is also hoped that patient and community partners will support the co-development of educational materials and products for patients and care providers at the end of the 2-year study, and will also help to inform strategies to share the developed pathways widely to all Albertans.
It is anticipated that there will be one 60-minute video call (i.e. Zoom) per month over the course of the 2-year study. In addition, there will be 2-3 full-team online 1-2 hour meetings during the 2 years.
An honorarium of $200 per year (paid annually) is being offered for this opportunity.
University of Calgary Foothills Campus
3330 Hospital Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4N1
1702, 8215 112 St NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8
The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit operates on and acknowledges the lands that are the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. This includes the Métis Settlements and the the Métis Nation of Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We make this acknowledgment as a reaffirmation of our shared commitment towards reconciliation, and as part of AbSPORU’s mandate towards fostering health system transformation.