Pre-conference consultation

This five-question survey is likely to take you less than ten minutes. Your answers will be anonymous, so please respond freely – open discussion includes all ideas, even those that are challenging.

Dialysis – getting the right balance will be held in Bristol this November. The conference has been organised to examine over- and under-use of dialysis in the NHS. Balanced dialysis provision requires the right amount of dialysis to be available for the people who need and want it. Patients, doctors, nurses, economists, legal experts, ethicists, philosophers and healthcare commissioners will meet to look at the challenges associated with getting this balance right. The results of this survey will act as the starting point for their debate. The conference will result in a report, summarising recommendations and outlining future work. We are very grateful to you for contributing.

Follow this link if you want a brief summary of kidney disease and its treatments, and evidence of imbalance.

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Dialysis – getting the right balance has been developed by researchers from the Universities of Leeds and Bristol and is funded by The Bioethics, Biolaw & Biosociety Research Strand of the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, University of Bristol. It is running in collaboration with the National Kidney Federation and Kidney Care UK and is endorsed by the Renal Association and the British Renal Society.

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* 1. Which of the following best describes you?

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* 2. Do you think that dialysis is under-provided to any individual or group in the NHS?

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* 3. Do you believe that dialysis is over-provided to any individual or group in the NHS?

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* 4. What do you consider to be the greatest threats to balanced dialysis provision? Feel free to write as much as you like, and to be controversial!

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* 5. Please list up to three things that must not go unmentioned at a conference debating balanced dialysis provision.

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