Mind the Gap

Study Lead

Dr. Clara Bohm

University of Manitoba


Hemodialysis is a life-saving procedure for people with kidney failure. However, it involves many challenges, including low quality of life, limited time for life activities due to dialysis commitment, complexity of care involving multiple healthcare providers, and difficulties with reliable and affordable transportation to and from dialysis appointments. The Can-SOLVE 1.0 Triple I Project identified the Top 10 priorities to address in dialysis care, in collaboration with people who rely on or work at hemodialysis clinics, including people living with kidney disease, their caregivers and health care providers.

The Can-SOLVE 2.0 Mind the Gap Project has been developed to address the gaps in mental health care and support that was identified as a priority in the Triple I project. Mind the Gap focuses on identifying and implementing individualized, accessible, and culturally sensitive solutions to address mental health care in individuals receiving hemodialysis. The project is being informed through patient engagement, including collaboration with Indigenous patient partners to ensure that project methodologies and deliverables are culturally sensitive and align with Indigenous ways of knowing, being and healing. In this way, Mind the Gap aims to help improve the experience and mental health of individuals receiving hemodialysis.

Participant Commitment

1 hour monthly


  • Self-identify as Indigenous
  • Currently or were previously receiving in-centre hemodialysis, or are someone who provides care for a person receiving hemodialysis
  • Are aware of any mental health concerns as a result of receiving hemodialysis
  • Are passionate about addressing mental health concerns

Type of Participation

Patient Partnership, Survey


Chronic Kidney Disease




Quality of Life


All provinces and territories

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