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  1. Exploding PD Myths

    Misconceptions about who will be a “good PD patient” have unnecessarily limited PD updake, increased transfers to in-center HD, and raised costs. Get the straight story!

    Read the abstract » | (added 09/14/2016)

    Tags: Hemodialysis

  2. French Patients on Daily HD

    Daily HD is relatively new to France—yet this study was able to include 753 patients who started on the therapy between 2003 and 2012. Two-thirds had switched to daily HD from another option. Younger patients (<64) had better survival (72.6% vs. 31%) and were more likely to receive a kidney transplant than older patients (>64).

    Read the abstract » | (added 08/09/2016)

    Tags: Hemodialysis

  3. Which is More Cost Effective, PD or Standard In-Center HD?

    If you’ve been reading this site, you won’t be surprised to learn that yet another study has found PD to be more cost-effective than standard in-center HD. A cross-sectional analysis was done on matched pairs of incident PD and HD patients (N=4,285) in Taiwan who were followed for up to 14 years. While the quality-adjusted life expectancy was almost equal, HD costs were much higher.

    Read the abstract » | (added 08/09/2016)

    Tags: Hemodialysis

  4. Nocturnal HD Improves Nutritional Status

    A metaanalysis was conducted of 9 studies with 229 patients who switched from standard to nocturnal HD. Those on nocturnal HD had significantly higher levels of serum albumin and protein and energy intake.

    Read the abstract » | (added 07/12/2016)

    Tags: Hemodialysis

  5. Independence, Flexibility and Quality of Life Matter to Patients

    For the PCORI-funded Empowering Patients on Choices for Renal Replacement Therapy (EPOCH-RRT), 180 people not yet on dialysis or using standard HD or PD were interviewed to identify the factors in their choice of a dialysis option. Independence, quality and quantity of life, and daily schedule flexibility mattered most—and 47% of those on standard HD said the choice had not been theirs. (NOTE: Ironically, the EPOCH-RRT decision aid omits home HD, an option that offers independence, quality of life, better survival, and schedule flexibility, as we have blogged here and here).

    Read the abstract » | (added 07/12/2016)

    Tags: Hemodialysis

  6. For HD Survival, Home Beats In-Center

    An observational study looked back at 41 incident patients starting home HD and matched them to patients starting in-center HD by sex, age, comorbidity, and start date. Mean survival on home HD was 17.3 years, vs. 13 years in-center. Home HD patients also had significantly lower phosphate levels and did not require blood pressure medications.

    Read the abstract » | (added 07/12/2016)

    Tags: Hemodialysis

  7. PD or In-Center HD: Which is Better for Transplant?

    An analysis of 12 studies found that doing PD before a transplant had significanlty less delayed graft function than those who did standard in-center HD. While on dialysis, PD had better 5-year survival than standard HD, too. There were no differences in the rates of acute rejection or transplant survival. Watch a Video Journal Club of this study on 'Cappuccino with Claudio Ronco'

    Read the abstract » | (added 07/12/2016)

    Tags: Hemodialysis

  8. Outset Medical Tablo Human Factors Testing

    Journal articles don’t tend to give product names, so we read between the lines to tell you that human factors testing on Outset’s Tablo home HD machine found 2.9 errors for patients—and 4.4 for nurses or technicians—out of 1,710 opportunities for error. None of the errors was safety related.

    Read the abstract » | (added 06/08/2016)

    Tags: Hemodialysis

  9. Patient Costs As A Challenge For Home Dialysis Choice

    Interviews with 43 home dialysis patients and 9 care partners found that fears of lost work productivity, out of pocket expenses, and socioeconomic disadvantage were challenges to choosing home dialysis. Patients weighed flexibility against training time and costs, and housing was not always suitable.

    Read the abstract » | (added 06/08/2016)

    Tags: Hemodialysis

  10. Nocturnal HD Protects Bones Better Than Standard HD

    Compared to 52 patients on conventional HD, 36 patients on nocturnal HD had better bone mineral density at the lumbar spine, femoral neck, and hip after one year.

    Read the abstract » | (added 06/08/2016)

    Tags: Hemodialysis