Dr. Tangri is an attending physician and Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine and the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He has been widely published and has active research grants from the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Research Manitoba, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada.
“Dialysis negatively affects a patient’s life. Our job is absolutely to prevent dialysis.”
An Equation to Make People’s Lives Better
Dr. Navdeep Tangri has developed and validated the Kidney Failure Risk Equation to predict the risk of kidney failure and the need for dialysis in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). He developed the equation because he wanted to find a way to help improve communication and reduce anxiety for kidney disease patients.
Dr. Navdeep Tangri is an attending physician and Assistant Professor in the Division of Nephrology, Department of Medicine and the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He has been widely published and has active research grants from the Canadian Institute of Health Research, Research Manitoba, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada. Tactica and Dr. Tangri worked together to turn the risk equation into an online calculator and communication platform that would bring the tool to people who need it.
Pessimistic About Risk
Dr. Navdeep Tangri tells the story of sitting in a clinic and seeing anxious patients with the fear of dialysis, and the doctors treating them were unable to give them a precise picture of what their actual risk of kidney failure really was. The patients were pessimistic about their individual risk, and if they could just understand precisely what their risk was, it would result in significant relief to them and their families.
Providers, Patients and a Better Understanding
Based on our experience developing engaging digital interactive tools, Tactica Interactive was recommended to Dr. Tangri by a colleague and we joined forces in bringing his vision to life. Tactica collaborated with Dr. Tangri to create a health risk visualization platform based upon his validated Kidney Failure Risk Equation that included:
- an infographic that clearly and artistically communicates kidney disease statistics;
- a web app that allows doctors and patients to customize the infographic with test results so they can visualize their personalized projected risk of kidney failure; and
- a video that animates and explains the infographic and includes music and narration.
These communication tools work together to help make complex concepts and data easier to understand, so patients can focus on the reality of their condition and avoid unnecessary anxiety.
“THE KIDNEY FAILURE RISK EQUATION CAN INFORM PATIENT-CLINICIAN COMMUNICATION AND TREATMENT DECISIONS”
An app, video, and infographic help patients visualize their risk of kidney failure. The website KidneyFailureRisk.com was launched giving primary care providers and patients unprecedented access to information about the probability of kidney failure. The tools are simple, validated, easy to use, and extremely accessible.
Improving the Lives of People Living with Kidney Disease
Dr. Tangri’s kidney-failure risk model has been adopted worldwide and is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. On launch day the website received thousands of visits and traffic continues to grow. Dr. Tangri’s research is positively impacting the lives of people living with kidney disease not just in Canada, but throughout the world.