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Home dialysis 
Quality improvement activity (QIa)

Network Project Lead: Kou Kha-Moua

Studies show that patients who participate in home dialysis therapy experience greater independence and are able to dialyze at a slower rate, which is proven to produce a better physiological response. Patients who have home dialysis therapy also benefit from the following1:
 
  • Lower risk of death
  • Improved blood pressure control
  • Better quality of life
  • Better phosphorus control to prevent bone disease
  • Improvements in neuropathy, less restless leg syndrome
  • Feel better during dialysis (less “washed out” feelings )
  • More energy for daily tasks
  • Better sleep
  • Boosts independence, responsibility and confidence
  • Continued employment
  • Makes travel easier
  • Fewer and shorter hospital stays
Despite of the benefits of home dialysis therapies, according to the United States Renal Data System (USRDS), home dialysis only accounted for 8.3% of all prevalent dialysis patients in 2016.2 In addition, only 11.8% of Network 4’s ESRD patient population utilized a form of home therapy as of December 31, 2018. The long-term goal and impact of improving home modality initiation aligns with CMS’ priorities, and results in better health and lower costs for our patients. 

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2019 Home Dialysis QIA Materials

References

  1. ‚ÄčYoung BA, Chan C, Blagg C, et al. How to overcome barriers and establish a successful home HD program. 2012. http://cjasn.asnjournals.org/content/early/2012/10/03/CJN.07080712.full.  

  2. United States Renal Data System. 2018 USRDS annual data report: Epidemiology of kidney disease in the United States. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD, 2018