The strength of CKDopps lies in recruiting a nationally representative sample of nephrology-run CKD clinics to describe the extent of variation in CKD care and study this variation to identify best treatment practices.
"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.
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
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