Research and News

2016 USRDS Annual Data Report Highlights
According to an annual data report from the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), hospitalization and mortality rates for patients with chronic kidney disease continue to decline in the U.S. Read more highlights from the report here

Interdialytic 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 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... 

New Project Will Monitor and Evaluate Effects of Dialysis Payment Policy
A research team from Insight Policy Research and Arbor Research Collaborative for Health was recently awarded a five-year contract from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to monitor and evaluate the effects of Medicare dialysis payment policy. Learn more about this project..

Validating 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... 

New results from the Childhood Liver Disease Research and Education Network
Biliary Atresia is a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts that occurs in infants. A liver biopsy is a key step in distinguishing biliary atresia from other cholestatic disorders. However, the interpretation of liver biopsies in infantile cholestasis is challenging. Read more... 

Preoperative interventions may mitigate postoperative pain in living liver donors
Little is known about how well postoperative pain is managed in living liver donors, despite the fact that pain severity is the strongest predictor of long-term disability due to chronic pain. Using data from the Adult to Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Cohort Study (A2ALL), researchers identified donor characteristics that influenced postoperative pain and evaluated postoperative pain management. Read more...