Dialysis Access Education Initiative Launched in 2022

Prabir Roy-Chaudhury
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, on behalf of the Transforming Dialysis Access Together Steering Committee
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ASN's Transforming Dialysis Access Together (TDAT) Initiative launched in 2022 and is working to improve practices, provide education, and promote policies centered around dialysis access.

TDAT … is working to improve practices, provide education, and promote policies centered around dialysis access.

The TDAT Steering Committee is also developing a summit to explore diversity, equity, inclusion, and the pursuit of health care justice with respect to dialysis access.

The TDAT Medical Training Workgroup, led by Vandana Dua Niyyar, MD, FASN, and Matthew Sparks, MD, FASN, is developing a dialysis access train-the-trainer curriculum. This work includes a “discovery and curating” of current educational offerings and a needs assessment. Training program directors and second-year fellows were asked to participate in this discovery phase. The first round will be a request for information on current programs and feedback on how to improve training. The second phase will be a focus group, set for mid-October, in which participants can opine on the current state of—and provide solutions to improve—training. This information will be compiled and used to inform the creation of a train-the-trainer curriculum. In 2024, ASN will host training program directors or designees to receive this program with the purpose of incorporating the instruction into their educational offerings.

The Education Workgroup, led by Dr. Niyyar and Gerald Beathard, MD, PhD, FASN, is producing a series of modern educational modules to improve knowledge and competency across all members of the multidisciplinary kidney care team. The first module to be released will be on the “Assessment of Dialysis Vascular Access” (i.e., physical examination). To create a comprehensive, interactive training module on physical examination of vascular access, ASN will partner with a multimedia company to develop state-of-the-art videos and animations. This work is expected to begin in the fall of 2023 with the educational module released in early 2024.

The Quality Improvement Workgroup, led by Dr. Niyyar and Gordon McLennan, MD, FSIR, is creating an overview document that explores “the meaning of quality from patients' perspectives as it relates to dialysis access.” We expect this initiative to shed new light on the issues that are truly important for patients regarding vascular access care.

Visit the TDAT webpage (https://epc.asn-online.org/projects/tdat/) for more information on this initiative.

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