Transplant and Dialysis Social Workers Collaborating to Overcome Barriers

This educational activity will help nephrology social workers overcome the most common psychosocial barriers that can keep dialysis patients from receiving a transplant referral and workup.  The dialysis patient’s rights and responsibilities in regard to transplant education will be reviewed.  Barriers to education, referral, and workup will be discussed from both a dialysis facility perspective and a patient perspective. Changes in the Kidney Transplant Allocation System and how it impacts patients on the waiting list for a kidney will be explored.  New, collaborative methods and interventions to overcome the psychosocial barriers to kidney transplantation will be presented.

Original release date:  October 15, 2015
Review date: December 9, 2016
Expiration date:  October 15, 2017

Learning Objectives: 

After participation in this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the transplant workup process.
  • Identify common psychosocial barriers to the referral and transplant workup process.
  • Identify the recent changes in the Kidney Transplant Allocation System and how that impacts patients on the waiting list for a kidney.
  • Provide a framework to improve collaborative interventions by transplant and dialysis social workers to address psychosocial barriers and help improve patient outcomes.
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Target Audience

  • Social Workers
CME/CE Information:

The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers, Provider #1014, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Social Workers maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.5 continuing education clock hours.

National Kidney Foundation SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0064.

Licensed social workers should contact their individual jurisdiction to review current continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

Method of Participation:

Learners will review the materials on accreditation information, target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information; participate in the entire self-study consisting of slides and audio; and complete the post-test (minimum score of 70% required) and evaluation to successfully earn credit.  The estimated time for completion is 1.5 hours.    

Declaration of Disclosure:

It is the policy of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all CME/CE activities. Any individual who has control over CME/CE content is required to disclose to learners prior to the activity any relevant financial relationship(s) they may have with commercial interests supporting this activity or whose products or devices are discussed in this activity.  

If, on the basis of information disclosed, a perceived conflict exists, resolution will be achieved based on NKF's Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Policy.

Unlabeled/Investigational Use:

During their presentations, faculty may discuss an unlabeled use or an investigational use not approved for a commercial product. Each faculty member is required to disclose this information to the audience when referring to an unlabeled or investigational use.

Disclaimer:

The faculty and National Kidney Foundation (NKF) do not recommend the use of any pharmaceutical, diagnostic test, or device outside of the labeled indications as approved by the FDA. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Information contained in this NKF educational resource is based upon current data available at the time of publication. Information is intended to help clinicians become aware of new scientific findings and developments.  This NKF educational resource is not intended to set out a preferred standard of care and should not be construed as one. Neither should the information be interpreted as prescribing an exclusive course of management.

Variations in practice will inevitably and appropriately occur when clinicians take into account the needs of individual patients, available resources, and limitations unique to an institution or type of practice. Every healthcare professional making use of information in this NKF educational resource is responsible for interpreting the data as it pertains to clinical decision making in each individual patient.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.50 ASWB Continuing Education Clock Hours
  • 1.50 Attendance
Course opens: 
10/15/2015
Course expires: 
10/15/2017
Cost:
$25.00
Rating: 
5
Faculty Disclosures:

Nicole Chicos (Baune), MSW, LICSW
Social Worker
Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato
New Richland, MN
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Jeff Harder, MSW, LICSW, NSW-C
Social Worker
University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Planning Committee Disclosures:

Kim Gusse, LMSW, ACSW
Care Manager
Priority Health
Grand Rapids, MI
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Nancy Schuessler, BA, MFA
Program Director
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Vernon Silva, LCSW, NSW-C
Nephrology Social Worker
US Renal Care
Panorama City, CA
Disclosure: No financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Nathalie Harden 
Director, CME
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Danielle Nathan
Professional Education Director
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Anna Okoniewski
CME/CE Activities Manager
National Kidney Foundation
New York, NY
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Dorothy Muench, LCSW, NSW-C, FNKF
Nephrology Social Worker
Health Systems Management
High Point, NC
Disclosure: Has no financial relationships with commercial interest(s).

Available Credit

  • 1.50 ASWB Continuing Education Clock Hours
  • 1.50 Attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
10/15/2015
Course expires: 
10/15/2017

Price

Cost:
$25.00
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Required Hardware/software

System requirements can be found here.

Contact Information:

For any questions concerning this activity, please send an email to CMEinfo@kidney.org or call NKF at 1-800-622-9010.

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For additional professional education resources, contact NKF at 1-800-622-9010 or visit https://www.kidney.org/professionals