For your dialysis patients, fuller lives start at home

Dialysis is a big decision that will impact how your patients spend every day of their lives. They don’t want dialysis to take over their lives. They want treatments that fit their needs.

There are many dimensions to the dialysis experience

Anyone who works with dialysis patients knows that genuine bonds develop between each patient and the members of his or her care team. The quality of these interactions is important.

Peritoneal Dialysis (PD) patients are more likely than Hemodialysis (HD) patients to rate the care they receive as “excellent.” This holds true whether they are rating the caring and concern of their nephrologist, the caring of nurses at the dialysis center, the ease of reaching a social worker, or one of many other aspects of care. Overall care was rated excellent by 85% of Peritoneal Dialysis patients versus 56% of In-center HD patients.1

Whatever the perceptions of care, patient engagement makes a difference. When dialysis patients contribute to the modality selection process, their survival rates are greater and transplantation rates are higher.2 This is true regardless of which modality is chosen.

Peritoneal Dialysis offers positive outcomes and lifestyle flexibility

Health outcomes are strong for PD, which demonstrates an early survival advantage over Hemodialysis and lower infection rates than HD.3

For patients with significant lifestyle concerns, home dialysis offers more scheduling flexibility than in-center therapy. Dialysis patients may also find it easier to handle the dietary restrictions and medications associated with PD.

Read more about home therapy options as they relate to patient engagement, lifestyle and outcomes.
1 Rubin, Haya R, Fink, Nancy E, et al. Patient Ratings of Dialysis Care with Peritoneal Dialysis vs Hemodialysis. JAMA. 2004;291: 697-703.
2 Stack, Austin G, Martin, David R, et al. Association of Patient Autonomy with Increased Transplantation and Survival Among New Dialysis Patients in the United States. Am J Kidney Dis. 2005;45: 730-742.
3 USRDS 2009 Annual Data Report: Atlas of End-Stage Renal Disease in the United States, Vol. 2, 2009; 174-417, U.S. Renal Data System.