What are the challenges for successful home HD?

The UK has actually set a goal in 2002 for home HD of 10-15% of dialysis patients, but has not reached it yet. A new study (BASIC-HHD) is starting to look at the reasons for underuse of a treatment option that offers better results than standard in-center HD. A total of 500 patients will be followed, 200 pre-dialysis, 200 hospital HD, and 100 home HD from across the UK. The predialsyis patients will be followed for a year to better understand their journey to ESRD and renal replacement. They will be interviewed, take psychosocial assessments, and have blood tests. The researchers will also look at the attitudes and practices in dialysis clinics, the economics of home treatment, and care partner concerns.

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