The DOPPS Practice Monitor (DPM): Reporting Dialysis Clinical Practices in the US, Canada, and Germany

The DOPPS Practice Monitor (DPM) was launched in December 2010 to track data on hemodialysis practices in the United States. The DPM reports representative data in the form of more than 1500 regularly updated charts, figures, and data tables, based on a sample of over 11,000 patients in more than 200 US hemodialysis facilities. It provides comparisons and trends over time, using weighting techniques. Data are also provided by race and facility types. 

In July 2015, the DOPPS expanded the DPM to share data from hemodialysis facilities in Canada. The Canadian DPM initiative features a publicly available website that will provide timely reports aggregating data from at least 19 representative Canadian hemodialysis facilities and describing trends in many different clinical aspects of hemodialysis practice across the country.

In December 2015, the DOPPS again expanded the DPM, this time to include data from hemodialysis facilities in Germany. The German DPM website presents information in the form of more than 90 regularly updated charts, figures, and data tables to provide comparisons and trends over time.

The DPM fills an important need, providing a source of timely, representative data, while tracking the effects of policy changes. Its findings can serve as an early warning system for possible adverse effects on clinical care and as a basis for patient and dialysis community outreach, editorial comment, and informed advocacy.

 Click here to view the DOPPS Practice Monitor