Emory University Transplant Center has created a free mobile and tablet application (app) that enables people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) to make informed decisions on treatment choices. iChoose Kidney, as it is called, compares the individualized mortality risk of Dialysis versus receiving a Kidney Transplant for CKD patients based on unique parameters.
Basically, the app uses predictive models that change according to your specific age, race, ethnicity, gender, time on dialysis and personal health history. Based upon the information provided the tool will then determine which treatment option is best for you, Dialysis or a Kidney Transplant.
The risk prediction estimates for mortality on dialysis compared to transplant may help identify patients at high risk for poor health outcomes. It also tells about risks of long term side effects and mortality to patients as well as encourage developing goals for lifestyle or behavioral changes. However, people with CKD should not allow this simple application to be a final determinant on whether to pursue a Kidney Transplant or remain on Dialysis. KidneyBuzz.com would recommend that you use the new tool as an additional resource of information, but strongly encourages you to work closely with your healthcare team and love ones to make a fully informed treatment selection with which you feel most comfortable.
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