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Increasing Patient Participation in Goal Planning

Interactive Tools

Plan a Lobby Day!

Lobby Days are fun and interactive displays which invite patients and their family members to learn more about a particular topic. Lobby Days are held usually held in the waiting room during the treatment day.

To set up a display focused on goal planning, you may want to include:

  • Take away information on how your patients can set up a goal planning session with you
  • Dates when the Plan of Care sessions are scheduled
  • Information on Goal Planning
  • Posters with inspiration quotes on goals setting
  • Posters with conversation-starting questions such as “What do YOU want to do?” “What would you do if you felt healthier?”

This resource on Lobby Days focuses on home modalities, but the basics to organize and run a Lobby Day are the same, such as What is a lobby Day, How To hold a lobby Day, and Evaluating Your Lobby Day. Details are included in the booklet.

Motivational Interviewing Staff Guide

A New Year A New You

Motivational Interviewing from Community Care of North Carolina

Toolkit Helps Keep Dialysis Patients Safer

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a resource called the AHRQ Safety Program for End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities Toolkit. Although is toolkit focuses on infection control, there is a module on patient engagement which may be helpful to encourage patients to participate in their own care and goal planning. To download the toolkit, visit this link.

The Role of Empathy in Patient-Centered Care

The ability to understand and share feelings is vital in achieving patient-centered care.

This excellent video explores what empathy means in a thought-provoking manner.

(Produced by The Cleveland Clinic)


Provider Tools

Renal Rehabilitation Bridging the Barriers for Patients and Their Families
From Life Options Rehabilitation Advisory Council
(Goal Planning tips on page 5)

These resources can be reviewed by the dialysis professional and applied to the process of helping patients set meaningful goals.

Helping Patients Manage Their Care for the Dialysis Professional
The presentation below provides self-management strategies for staff; identifies skills needed by patients to manage their health; and defines a role for patient mentors who can offer hope and guidance to their peers.

Creating SMART Goals: Specific, Measureable, Assignable, Realistic, Time Related

How to Set Goals: 12 Steps With Pictures

Personal Goal Setting – Planning to Live Your Life Your Way

Tech Help
Here a guide to Smartphone Apps to help track goals

SLAM Goal Setting (Specific-Limited-Achievable-Measurable)
Courtesy of the University of Michigan Health System

Two Simple Words, One Powerful Idea
Craig Fisher, PhD, LCSW

Health Coaching How-To for the Dialysis Professional
(Courtesy of the National Kidney Foundation)

Goal Planning & Rehabilitation for the Dialysis Professional
(Courtesy of the National Kidney Foundation)


Patient Tools

Speak Up! How to Engage and Be in Control of Your Care
PowerPoint for Patients on Managing their Care

Tech Help
Guide to Smartphone Apps to help track goals

Explanation of Plan of Care team meeting written for patients
(Courtesy of ESRD Network 18)


Stories for Patients by Patients