DaVita launches virtual support groups for patients on home dialysis
DaVita Kidney Care has created virtual support groups for patients on home dialysis, a feature that expands its DaVita Care Connect mobile health platform.
“One way to thrive on home dialysis is by having an outlet to connect directly with other home dialysis patients,” Cassidy Roupe, LCSW, national virtual patient support group facilitator for DaVita, said in a press release. “Our virtual support groups provide a community for patients that’s available right at their fingertips. Sessions are structured as a safe space for meaningful conversation, where challenges and successes related to treating at home can be discussed and celebrated.”
According to the release, the support groups are led by DaVita home support specialists and address a variety of patient issues and concerns including expectations for home dialysis, stress management and information on kidney transplantation. Sessions are available at no extra cost and can be scheduled through the mobile app.
Martin Schreiber, MD, chief medical officer for DaVita Home Modalities, also commented on the potential benefits of expanded communication that accompany the virtual support groups.
“Patients treating at home sometimes feel isolated and miss connecting with other people they feel they can relate to, which causes some patients to leave home treatment,” he said. “By using our virtual platform to connect home patients with one another, we hope to create a sense of community, belonging and extended support.”