Research and News

Lost Wages Reimbursement for Living Organ Donors Trial Announced
The National Living Donor Assistance Center (NLDAC) announces that it will conduct a randomized controlled trial that will assess the impact of interventions intended to remove financial barriers to living organ donation through wage reimbursement. Read more about this study.  

Psychological outcomes of living liver donors in A2ALL
Living liver donation can be psychologically as well as physically demanding for donors, but few studies have assessed psychological outcomes prospectively among a large cohort. Using data from A2ALL, researchers evaluated trends in psychological outcomes over time and potential predictors of these outcomes. Read more... 

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

Outcomes 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 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..