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The DOPPS Program marks its 20th anniversary with an overview of major findingsThe DOPPS Program marks its 20th anniversary with an overview of major findings
The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) is celebrating its 20-year anniversary of uncovering new clinically useful information for the practicing nephrologist. In a new paper, investigators provide an overview of major findings and comment on the analytical approaches used. Read more... 
EDTNA/ERCA and DOPPS release monograph celebrating 10 years of collaborationEDTNA/ERCA and DOPPS release monograph celebrating 10 years of collaboration
EDTNA/ERCA and the DOPPS Program have jointly created a monograph entitled Ten Years of Collaboration: DOPPS Research, featuring articles by several authors examining DOPPS research topics from a nursing perspective. Read more about this publication. 
The DOPPS Practice Monitor highlights emerging dialysis trendsThe DOPPS Practice Monitor highlights emerging dialysis trends
The DOPPS Practice Monitor (DPM) has been updated with data current through October 2016, based on a national sample of US dialysis facilities. Read a summary of the latest trends
Nephrology clinics in the US can join the CKDopps Nephrology clinics in the US can join the CKDopps
The CKDopps is seeking nephrology clinics in the United States to join our study of variations in advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) treatment practices and associations with best outcomes for patients. Learn more about joining the study
Outcomes for hemodialysis patients with hepatitis C infectionOutcomes for hemodialysis patients with hepatitis C infection
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is common among hemodialysis patients worldwide. Although guidelines recommend treatment of all patients infected with HCV, it is rarely treated in hemodialysis patients. In a recent paper, investigators evaluated the burden of HCV infection among hemodialysis patients. Read more... 
DOPPS Research in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries DOPPS Research in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries
Starting in 2012, the DOPPS began collecting and analyzing data in six of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Seven papers have been published in a special supplement to the November - December issue of the Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation. Learn more about the supplement here.  
Interdialytic weight gain and patient outcomes in the DOPPSInterdialytic weight gain and patient outcomes in the DOPPS
High interdialytic weight gain (IDWG) is associated with adverse outcomes in hemodialysis patients. In a recent paper published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, researchers used data from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) to identify trends in IDWG, predictors of IDWG, and associations of IDWG with clinical outcomes. Read more... 
Examining serum and dialysate potassium in hemodialysisExamining serum and dialysate potassium in hemodialysis

While high pre-dialysis serum potassium is recognized as a risk factor for sudden death and all-cause mortality in hemodialysis patients, the results of studies examining the effects of dialysate potassium have been mixed. In a new paper, researchers reexamined the risks of different dialysate potassium prescriptions. Read more...

 
The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) expands into RussiaThe Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) expands into Russia
Beginning in 2012, the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) has collected comprehensive data on hemodialysis in Russia. In an article in Hemodialysis International, DOPPS researchers present patterns of hemodialysis practice in Russia based on this data, and compare those patterns to contemporary data for Europe, Japan, and North America. Read more... 
First report of Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) data from TurkeyFirst report of Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) data from Turkey
In 2013, the international Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) began collecting data in Turkey. In a paper in Hemodialysis International, researchers compared this data with DOPPS data from other countries and with data from the Registry of Turkish Nephrology, Dialysis and Transplantation. Read more... 
Validating the Coping Strategies Inventory-Short Form for international studyValidating the Coping Strategies Inventory-Short Form for international study
Researchers in the international Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) have published a new methods paper describing the coping strategies used by hemodialysis patients. In this paper, they discuss the reliability and validity of the Coping Strategies Inventory-Short Form (CSI-SF) in a large, diverse sample of hemodialysis patients in 13 countries. Read more... 
Can changes in quality of life predict mortality in hemodialysis patients?Can changes in quality of life predict mortality in hemodialysis patients?

Measures of Health-Related Quality of Life (HR-QOL) have consistently demonstrated much lower quality of life among hemodialysis patients compared to the general population and to those with other chronic medical conditions. In a study published in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, investigators hypothesized that a decline in HR-QOL would be associated with increased risk of death. Read more...

 
New article provides a global overview of end stage kidney diseaseNew article provides a global overview of end stage kidney disease
In a recent article in The Lancet, investigators present international cohort study data to highlight differences in hemodialysis practice that influence survival and the experiences of patients who rely on this therapy. Read more...  
CKDopps: New study designed to examine the effects of chronic kidney disease careCKDopps: New study designed to examine the effects of chronic kidney disease care

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an increasing international problem, and minimizing the complications associated with advanced CKD and improving the transition to dialysis and transplantation represents a challenge. The CKD Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (CKDopps) is a new international prospective cohort study designed to meet this challenge by describing and evaluating variation in nephrologist-led CKD practices. Read more...

 
Anemia Management in the China Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS)Anemia Management in the China Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS)
As more and more patients with end-stage renal disease in China are able to access hemodialysis, it is important to study the management of accompanying anemia. Researchers examined China Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) data and found that a substantial proportion of hemodialysis patients in the China DOPPS do not meet hemoglobin (Hgb) targets. Read more...



 
The DOPPS Program at 53rd ERA-EDTA CongressThe DOPPS Program at 53rd ERA-EDTA Congress
The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) Program will present 14 abstracts at the 53rd European Renal Association-European Dialysis and Transplant Association (ERA-EDTA) Congress in Vienna, Austria, May 21-24, 2016. Read more...  
DOPPS Practice Monitor: Quality of Life data now available DOPPS Practice Monitor: Quality of Life data now available

The DPM has been updated with data current through June 2015, based on a national sample of US dialysis facilities. Responding to the nephrology community, as of January 2016 the DPM provides patient-reported quality of life (QOL) data for download, including the Mental Composite Summary (MCS) and Physical Composite Summary (PCS) score distributions from the KDQOL-36© (Hays, 1994) for the DPM US national sample. To learn more about the data, please click here.

 

 
Functional Dependence and Mortality in the International DOPPSFunctional Dependence and Mortality in the International DOPPS

Across various medical fields, functional dependence has been shown to contribute to disability, hospitalization, and increased mortality. Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) researchers investigated whether functional dependence also contributes to morbidity and mortality in long-term dialysis patients, who have among the highest mortality and hospitalization rates. Click here to read a summary of the findings.

 
German Dialysis Data Now Available from the DOPPS Practice MonitorGerman Dialysis Data Now Available from the DOPPS Practice Monitor
The DOPPS is expanding the DOPPS Practice Monitor (DPM) to share data from hemodialysis facilities in Germany. Similar to the DPM in the United States that was launched in November 2010, the German DPM will report ongoing trends in clinical practice. Click here to learn more
PDOPPS: Unifying Efforts to Inform Practice and Improve Global Outcomes in Peritoneal DialysisPDOPPS: Unifying Efforts to Inform Practice and Improve Global Outcomes in Peritoneal Dialysis

The Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (PDOPPS) is designed to advance the understanding of optimal practices for peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. In a paper published recently in the journal Peritoneal Dialysis International, researchers describe their methods to collect and analyze data that will lead to improved patient care. To learn more about this paper, please click here.

 
New Paper from the DOPPS Compares International Trends in ESA Utilization and Hemoglobin Levels New Paper from the DOPPS Compares International Trends in ESA Utilization and Hemoglobin Levels
Sweeping changes to U.S. dialysis reimbursement and regulatory policies for ESA use in 2011 were expected to reduce ESA utilization and hemoglobin levels. In a paper published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, researchers used data from the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) to estimate and compare time trends in ESA dose and hemoglobin levels among hemodialysis patients in the United States, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Japan. To read more, click here.



 
PDOPPS Medical Directors and Study Coordinators WebinarPDOPPS Medical Directors and Study Coordinators Webinar
The Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (PDOPPS) held a webinar for medical directors and study coordinators on September 24, 2015. Click here to view a recording of this webinar
DOPPS Practice Monitor: Most Recent Trends in US Hemodialysis PracticeDOPPS Practice Monitor: Most Recent Trends in US Hemodialysis Practice

In the September 2015 DPM update, we observe several apparent practice changes related specifically to mineral and bone disorder management. Click here to learn more about these trends.

 
New Research Examines Recent Increases in Ferritin Levels in U.S. Dialysis PatientsNew Research Examines Recent Increases in Ferritin Levels in U.S. Dialysis Patients

Anemia management is an essential element of care for hemodialysis patients. Following two major policy changes in the United States in 2011, there has been a dramatic rise in average ferritin levels, sustained into 2013. The DOPPS examines this sustained rise in a paper published in the latest issue of the Clinical Journal of The American Society of Nephrology. Click here to learn more about the findings.

 
Celebrating 10 years of partnership with the EDTNA/ERCACelebrating 10 years of partnership with the EDTNA/ERCA
The DOPPS and the European Dialysis and Transplant Nurses Association/ European Renal Care Association (EDTNA/ERCA) are celebrating 10 years of partnership in research at this year’s EDTNA/ERCA International Conference in Dresden, Germany. Read more about this partnership here
Canadian Dialysis Data Now Available from the DOPPS Practice MonitorCanadian Dialysis Data Now Available from the DOPPS Practice Monitor
The DOPPS is expanding the DOPPS Practice Monitor (DPM) to share data from hemodialysis facilities in Canada. Similar to the DPM in the United States, which was launched in November 2010, the Canadian DPM will report ongoing trends in clinical practice. Click here to learn more. 
New Study Examines Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter UseNew Study Examines Peritoneal Dialysis Catheter Use
The Peritoneal Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Study (PDOPPS) is launching a new ancillary study to reveal best practices for peritoneal dialysis (PD) catheter insertion, and how services are organised to support them. To learn more about this study, please click here
EURODOPPS Research AwardsEURODOPPS Research Awards
EURODOPPS asked for proposals from external investigators for possible data analyses. The winners, who were announced at the 52nd ERA-EDTA congress in London, will get the opportunity to visit the EURODOPPS team in Amsterdam for an internship. For more information about the winning proposals, please click here
 
Simplified Phosphate Binder Pill Regimen Could Improve HealthSimplified Phosphate Binder Pill Regimen Could Improve Health

New research from the DOPPS examines data on pill burden, whether patients reported that they were taking their prescribed phosphate binder pills, and measurements of serum phosphorus and parathyroid hormone levels in patients. Click here to learn more about this research.

 
Data from the DOPPS validate an association between high IV iron doses and mortalityData from the DOPPS validate an association between high IV iron doses and mortality
Intravenous (IV) iron is required for optimal management of anemia in the majority of hemodialysis patients. IV iron prescription has increased over time, but the best dosing strategy is unknown and the effect of IV iron on patient survival is unclear. Please click here to learn more
Learn more about the DOPPS ProgramLearn more about the DOPPS Program

Want to learn more about the DOPPS? These videos provide an overview of our research. Click here to view.

 
The DOPPS Approach to Improving Patient Care The DOPPS Approach to Improving Patient Care
Dr. Friedrich Port is the 2014 recipient of the National Kidney Foundation’s David M. Hume Memorial Award. To mark this milestone in his career, Dr. Port reflected on the approach of the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS), which he helped to design, launch, and maintain since 1996. Click here to learn more about this recent publication
New findings on changes in parathyroid hormone levels and treatment regimensNew findings on changes in parathyroid hormone levels and treatment regimens
Dr. Francesca Tentori discusses the paper "Recent changes in therapeutic approaches and association with outcomes among patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism on chronic hemodialysis: The DOPPS study." Please click here to learn more and view the video.  
New findings provide practical guidance on using the instrumental variable approach New findings provide practical guidance on using the instrumental variable approach
The instrumental variable approach is a statistical methodology that has been widely used in medical research. DOPPS researchers, led by Dr. Yun Li, have published new findings regarding the use of a preference-based instrumental variable approach in reducing the impact of unmeasured confounding in the journal Statistics in Medicine. Click here to learn more about this publication
EURODOPPS: A Collaborative Partnership with the ERA-EDTAEURODOPPS: A Collaborative Partnership with the ERA-EDTA
The new EURODOPPS partnership will bring together the strengths of two initiatives – the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) and the ERA-EDTA Registry. Click here to read more
CKDopps Joins Approved Quality Improvement PathwayCKDopps Joins Approved Quality Improvement Pathway
Chronic Kidney Disease Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study Quality Improvement Program (CKDopps QIP) has been accepted through the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Approved Quality Improvement (AQI) pathway and is eligible for 20 points toward the Self-Evaluation of Practice Assessment requirement of Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Click here to learn more.  
The DOPPS Annual Report The DOPPS Annual Report
The DOPPS Annual Report is a comprehensive collection of descriptive statistics spanning more than a decade of longitudinal DOPPS data collection. Click here to view the report.  
DOPPS: Growing International Scope DOPPS: Growing International Scope

We are pleased to announce the commencement of the DOPPS in Turkey and Russia with the first study sites beginning data collection during the fourth quarter of 2013.  To more fully understand factors that influence practice patterns in dialysis care, it is vital to expand the study to include countries with greater variation in practice patterns. The DOPPS investigators are working closely with leaders in the nephrology communities of both countries and we look forward to the first preliminary analyses of these data.