In this article, an ethical analysis of an educational programme on renal replacement therapy options for patients and their social network is presented. The two main spearheads of this approach are: (1) offering an educational programme on all renal replacement therapy options ahead of treatment requirement and (2) a homebased approach involving the family and friends of the patient. Arguments are offered for the ethical justification of this approach by considering the viewpoint of the various stakeholders involved. Finally, reflecting on these ethical considerations, essential conditions for carrying out such a programme are outlined. The goal is to develop an ethically justified and responsible educational programme.

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Massey, E.K., Hilhorst, M.T., Nette, R.W., Gregoor, P.J.H.S., van den Dorpel, M.A., van Kooij, A.C., … Weimar, W.. (2011). Justification for a home-based education programme for kidney patients and their social network prior to initiation of renal replacement therapy. Journal of Medical Ethics: an international peer-reviewed journal for health professionals and researchers in medical ethics, 37(11), 677–681. doi:10.1136/jme.2011.042366