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Katrina Rios '15: Improving Dialysis Experience

The Research

Public health studies major Katrina Rios is conducting a pilot study on mental health improvements through activity-based learning in dialysis patients. Dialysis is a long-term treatment option that can have a negative impact on physical, mental, and emotional health. Rios created individualized, patient-centered intervention during dialyzing time to promote positive mental health and social engagement within and across dialysis units.

In Her Own Words

“This project has given me tremendous insight on what patients go through before transplantation. I’ve learned that sometimes simple solutions can make dramatic differences in patients’ experiences. Being able to make the dialysis process easier on patients has been a true privilege.”

Adviser: Dorry Segev, Associate Professor, Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine