206. Improving Dialysis Patient Outcomes Within the Constraints of RDN Time

FNCE Recorded Sessions from 2018

Nutrition interventions and guidance are critical for dialysis patient outcomes.

  • SKU FNCE18206
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This product is free for those who attended FNCE® 2018.

Nutrition interventions and guidance are critical for dialysis patient outcomes. However, renal dietitians have a myriad of administrative and other responsibilities that limit their patient care time. Attendees will learn about new research using government datasets and direct observation to quantify patient to RDN ratios in dialysis, the proportion of time available for direct patient care, and whether there is a relationship between these ratios and patient outcomes.

Attendees will also learn about various quality improvement programs initiated at a dialysis center including a successful one with monetary rewards for improvement in serum phosphorus. The speaker will discuss whether financial incentive programs might be a solution for improving patient outcomes in the face of limited RDN time, and how this finding could be applied to other areas within and outside of renal nutrition.

CPEU: 1.5
CPE Level: 2
Learning Codes: 7160, 4010, 5070

Learning Objectives

  • Detail the varied responsibilities of renal dietitians and quantify their time constraints.
  • Describe the results of a monetary incentive program for improving dialysis patient outcomes.
  • Develop new research questions and practical programs that can help bridge the gap between patient nutrition needs and available time and monetary resources.


  • Desiree De Waal, MS, RD, CD, FAND
  • Rosa Hand, PhD, RDN, LD, FAND


  • Lois Hill, MS, RDN, LD, LDE
  • SKU FNCE18206