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Expansion of the DOPPS Practice Monitor to the Gulf Cooperation Council CountriesExpansion of the DOPPS Practice Monitor to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries

The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) is expanding the DOPPS Practice Monitor (DPM) to display hemodialysis data for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. Learn more about this source of data.

 
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... 
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...

 
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...

 
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.

 
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 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
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
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.  
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 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