CKDopps Methods Paper

"The CKD Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (CKDopps): Rationale and Methods" was recently published in the American Journal of Kidney Disease. Click here for information about this paper.

The DOPPS has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers. To search publications on dialysis outcomes and practice patterns, please click here.


The Chronic Kidney Disease Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study

Advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the transition of patients to end-stage renal disease both pose high clinical risks and carry substantial health care related costs. Reliable evidence is needed about the impact of treatment options on patient survival, quality of life, delay/avoidance of dialysis, and cost analysis related to treatment. The CKDopps studies CKD treatment variation and aims to identify practices associated with the best outcomes for patients with advanced CKD. The project establishes a research platform to gather and analyze data on patients with advanced CKD and yield insightful, actionable findings relevant to patients, clinicians, policy makers, and other stakeholders regarding best treatment practices.

The CKDopps builds on the success of the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) that has been conducted since 1996.  The CKDopps team is a collaborative research relationship among experts in France, Germany, Brazil, and the US, that uses its international scope to facilitate comparisons of nephrology practices in different countries. The overall goal is to develop an evidence base for the effective treatment of advanced CKD, thereby improving care and outcomes for future patients.

CKDopps: Who We Are

The CKDopps Steering Committee provides oversight for the study and guidance on international CKDopps research and publications. Members of this Steering Committee represent local CKDOPPS implementations in each participating country, as well as Arbor Research scientific leadership. Country Investigators provide region-specific guidance for CKDopps researchers and data collectors. Country Investigators assist with local study adaptation, facility recruitment, localization of study questionnaires, offer insight into clinical or logistical issues pertaining to their respective countries.