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