NKF’s Hosts Patient-Driven Research Stakeholders’ Conference at 2017 Spring Clinical Meeting – A Conference Where #PatientsDecide

On April 22, 2017 in Orlando Florida, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) hosted the first effort to identify patient-led kidney disease national research priorities by bringing together over 100 individuals representing  kidney patients of all stages, dialysis patients, kidney transplant recipients, living kidney donors and potential living donors, and kidney donor families as well as physicians, social workers, nurses, technicians, pharmacists, dietitians, caregivers, stakeholders, and academics. The Stakeholders’ Conference was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award.  The ideas and solutions developed during this conference will help NFK further define its role as an organization in facilitating patient involvement in chronic kidney disease (CKD) research.

Teri and Derek

Conference’s co-chairs (Derek Forfang and Teri Browne, PhD, MSW, NSW-C), an example of how patients and researchers can collaborate, as a team

The conference truly embodied how patients and researchers can work collaboratively to address questions most important to kidney patients. Over the course of a year, patients and stakeholders have been true partners throughout all phases of this conference project; from planning, shaping the agenda, and leading the conference activities. Patients, caregivers, researchers, and stakeholders shaped the agenda through their responses to a survey assessing their experiences and challenges in patient-centered research. The conference was also facilitated by both a patient from NKF’s Kidney Patient Advocacy Committee (Derek Forfang) and researcher (Teri Browne, PhD, MSW, NSW-C) and featured patient, caregiver, and researcher panel discussions and a breakout working group session.

In the coming months, NKF, using results from the conference, will establish a list of recommendations on ways that patients, their families, and caregivers can be active participants in kidney disease research processes; and identify a research topic that will be supported by NKF’s 2018 Research Grant Program.

See below for pictures and Twitter engagement from the day


The National Kidney Foundation thanks you for serving as panelists for the 2017 Stakeholders’ Conference
Patient Panelists: Valerie Bailey, Kevin Fowler, Katina Lang-Lindsey, PhD, LMSW, Bobbi Wager, and Caroline Wilkie
Research Panelists: Michael Germain, MD (not pictured), Jamie Green, MD, Rachel Patzer, PhD, MPH, Wendy St. Peter, PharmD, and Mark Unruh, MD

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Rachel Patzer and Cynthia Allison

Rachel Patzer, PhD (right) with her research partner and kidney patient advocate, Cynthia Allison (left)

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Conference attendees (patients, researchers, and other stakeholders) worked collaboratively in small breakout groups to identify best practice strategies for actively engaging patients in kidney disease research

The Stakeholders’ Conference was funded through a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Award Initiative (EAIN 3456-NKF). For more information visit www.pcori.org

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The National Kidney Foundation's advocacy movement is for all people affected by CKD, transplant candidates and recipients, living and potential donors, donor families and caregivers. We empower, educate and encourage you to get involved on issues relating to CKD, donation and transplantation.
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