Perspectives

Coming soon: Effective Patient Engagement Strategies to Develop Therapies and Advance Patient Safety

In the upcoming April issue of Kidney News, Kevin Fowler’s new article “Effective Patient Engagement Strategies to Develop Therapies and Advance Patient Safety” will be available.

The article explores the barriers and patient perspectives on kidney disease clinical trials and Fowler investigates how best to approach getting patients to participate in beneficial clinical trials. He developed a survey with the intention to determine why patients participated in kidney disease trials and to also learn why they did not participate.

Some of his findings include:

Communities Weekly Rewind: Are We Underutilizing Hepatitis-C Donor Kidneys?

Primary Query

Can we safely utilize hepatitis C Virus seropositive non viremic donor kidneys (HCV Ab positive/NAT negative) for hepatitis C Virus non viremic recipients?

New partnership between Fresenius and the Chinese government announced at 16th Asian Pacific Congress of Nephrology (APCN) in Beijing

Fresenius Medical Care launched a new partnership entitled “Ignite Hope of Life” with the aim to assist the Chinese government in treating citizens with chronic kidney disease. The announcement came today at the 16th Asian Pacific Congress of Nephrology (APCN) in Beijing.

Communities Weekly Rewind: Thin Basement Membrane Nephropathy and Kidney Donation

Introduction and Background
A 45 year old white male wishes to donate a kidney.  He has a history of persistent hematuria with no proteinuria and a normal blood pressure.  Kidney biopsy revealed thin basement membrane nephropathy (TBMN). He has no family history of kidney disease, hearing loss or lenticonus.

Communities Weekly Rewind: Confusing Case of Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome

Query and Hypothesis

The timing of this was highly suggestive of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome, but many clinical factors did not fit this diagnosis.

OPTN Proposing Contentious Changes to Long-Standing Policy Creation Process

Recently, the Organ Procurement Transplant Network / United Network for Organ Sharing (OPTN / UNOS) executive committee published a concept paper[i] which is currently under public comment.  The paper proposes that the current committee structure utilized to develop and implement policy should be drastically altered.

Communities Weekly Rewind: Donor Evaluation

Query

A person with history of coronary artery disease, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and no other comorbidities is being evaluated as a potential kidney donor. Stress test (TMT) and stress echocardiography are currently normal.  Can such a person be considered for kidney donation? If not, are there any guidelines and what other factors should be considered?

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) approves ASN membership

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Board of Directors recently approved the membership of the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) in the AAMC, making ASN the latest CFAS member society.

Communities Weekly Rewind: Confusing Acid Base Disorder

Query & Hypothesis

Why did metabolic acidosis get worse after receiving normal saline? Could normal saline alone be the cause for the drop in HCO3? Could the originally proposed etiology of her acid base disorder been faulty?

Yale leads largest-ever collaboration to educate health workers in Rwanda

This is the largest single collaboration in health workforce education to be funded by the United States,” said Dr. Asghar Rastegar, director of the Office of Global Health at the Yale School of Medicine. “It demonstrates how we can bring our knowledge and capacity to bear to improve medical training and health care in the developing world."

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