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Am J Kidney Dis. 2018 Dec 10. pii: S0272-6386(18)31060-6. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2018.09.015. [Epub ahead of print]

Exploring Barriers and Potential Solutions in Home Dialysis: An NKF-KDOQI Conference Outcomes Report.

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University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL.
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA.
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
DaVita Home Modalities, Denver, CO.
Quality Insights Renal Network 5, Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition, North Chesterfield, VA.
Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC. Electronic address:


Home dialysis therapy, including home hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, is underused as a modality for the treatment of chronic kidney failure. The National Kidney Foundation-Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative sponsored a home dialysis conference in late 2017 that was designed to identify the barriers to starting and maintaining patients on home dialysis therapy. Clinical, operational, policy, and societal barriers were identified that need to be overcome to ensure that dialysis patients have the freedom to choose their treatment modality. Education of patients and patient partners, as well as health care providers, about home dialysis therapy, if offered at all, is often provided in a cursory manner. Lack of exposure to home dialysis therapies perpetuates a lack of familiarity and thus a hesitancy to refer patients to home dialysis therapies. Patient and care partner support, both psychosocial and financial, is also critical to minimize the risk for burnout leading to dropout from a home dialysis modality. Thus, the facilitation of home dialysis therapy will require a systematic change in chronic kidney disease education and the approach to dialysis therapy initiation, the creation of additional incentives for performing home dialysis, and breakthroughs to simplify the performance of home dialysis modalities. The home dialysis work group plans to develop strategies to overcome these barriers to home dialysis therapy, which will be presented at a follow-up home dialysis conference.


Home hemodialysis (HHD); care partner; dialysis modality education; home dialysis; patient-centered care; peritoneal dialysis (PD); physician training


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