Symptom Management: Your Symptoms Matter
People living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) can have frequent and severe symptoms while they are on dialysis. Systematic screening, assessment and management of symptoms is an important part of a patient’s routine care.
Your Symptoms Matter is a quick questionnaire for people receiving dialysis. It helps patients tell their healthcare teams about their symptoms and how they are feeling. Using Your Symptoms Matter may improve communication between a patient and their healthcare providers, and improve the patient’s experience with dialysis care.
We work to improve symptom awareness for people receiving dialysis and their care teams by providing an organized approach to symptom screening, assessment and management.
Eight Regional Renal Programs in Ontario are participating in a 1-year pilot project. Patients receiving in-facility hemodialysis at participating programs complete the Your Symptoms Matter questionnaire (also called Edmonton Symptom Assessment System Revised – Renal) and discuss the results with their care team. The results of the pilot project will help us develop an organized approach to symptom management that can be used across the province.