In the renal program at Providence Health Care, we have provided nutritional care to a growing number of patients from various multicultural backgrounds including Chinese-, Tagalog-, and Punjabi-speaking patients. This cultural shift demanded a strategic approach from our Dietitians to redevelop our patient education materials, including print nutrition information, as well as to provide group education sessions to Cantonese-speaking patients. We have been redeveloping our patient education materials as follows: 1. Transitioning from print information to visual, pictorial handouts that could be visualized and translated more easily 2. Depicting culturally-appropriate food choices on the patient education materials 3. Collaborating closely with our dietitian colleagues in Fraser Health, Vancouver Coastal Health, as well as the British Columbia Provincial Renal Agency (BCPRA), in order to standardize multicultural handouts as well as increase their distribution through BCPRA media channels 4. Providing culturally-sensitive renal replacement therapy education in Cantonese, delivered by Cantonese-speaking dietitian and nurse to our new kidney care clinic patients The impact of our interventions has increased the engagement of patients in their care, enhanced the effectiveness in improving our patients’ nutrition knowledge. Specifically, we collected patient feedback data from 2014 to 2016, measuring both quantitative and qualitative indicators of our nutrition education sessions. Patients and families who participated rated the program as 100% Excellent/Very Good, and indicated how they would change their cooking practices at home, using less sodium, using foods with fewer phosphate additives, and seasoning foods without salt. Moreover, our partnership with the BC Provincial Renal Agency (BCPRA) in translating our nutrition education materials to meet our diverse cultural patient needs has helped empower our patients to make informed nutrition choices for the best possible health outcomes and quality of life, as well as improve access to culturally-tailored educational materials on a provincial level. Contact: Dani Renouf, Renal Resource Dietitian, drenouf@providencehealth.bc.ca

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