Understanding Barriers to Implementing and Managing Therapeutic Diets for People Living with Chronic Kidney Disease in Remote Indigenous Communities

Elsevier, Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 5, 1 January 2021
Schiff R., Freill H., Hardy C.N.

Indigenous peoples in Canada, and globally, experience a disproportionate burden of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) ESRD patients in remote Indigenous communities might experience significant challenges in adhering to dietary guidelines. Much research has documented the poor quality, high cost, and limited availability of healthy foods in remote, Indigenous communities. Food quality and availability are poor in remote communities, indicating that persons with ESRD and CKD might have limited ability to adhere to dietary guidelines. This article reports on research designed to understand food-Access barriers in remote First Nations for persons living with stage 4 and 5 CKD/ESRD. The study involved semi-structured interviews with 38 patients in remote communities. It concludes with some reflections on the significance of this issue in the context of dietetic practice.