Questions to Ask Your Nephrologist

Nephrologists are kidney doctors who diagnose, treat, and manage chronic kidney disease. Be prepared to ask the right questions of your doctor.

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Nephrologists are kidney doctors who diagnose, treat, and manage chronic kidney disease. Before you decide on a treatment plan, you will want to understand the various chronic kidney disease treatment options. You should also discuss your disease prognosis, possible complications, and potential lifestyle changes with your nephrologist.

Getting the most out of the time you have with your healthcare team sometimes means asking the right questions.

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Getting the Right Information at the Right Time

The information on this website is intended to supplement what you have discussed with your healthcare team. Combining this information of available chronic kidney disease treatment options with what you have already been told by your nephrologist may help you make important treatment decisions: 

  • To decide whether or not you want to undergo kidney replacement therapy 
  • To choose between different types of end-stage kidney disease treatment 
  • To decide whether you want to continue with the same CKD treatment 

What kidney disease treatment you choose to do should depend on what is important to you and the lifestyle you have. 

Patient asking Questions

3 good questions to ask your kidney doctor

When it comes to making decisions about your treatment plan with your healthcare team, it is good to ask these 3 questions: 

  1. What are the treatment options available to me? 
  2. What are the pros and cons of each treatment option? 
  3. How do I get support to help me make a decision that is right for me?  
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Kidney Health Australia are the peak body for kidney health in Australia. They connect people diagnosed with kidney disease to the vital information, education and support services they need to preserve their kidney health and live a better quality of life. Kidney Health Australia focuses on prevention, early detection, support and research, striving to drive innovations and improvements in the management of kidney disease, so that one day every Australian can enjoy good kidney health.