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To create a world without kidney diseases, the ASN Alliance for Kidney Health elevates care by educating and informing, driving breakthroughs and innovation, and advocating for policies that create transformative changes in kidney medicine throughout the world.

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Kidney Week

Clinical Practice Session

Improving Patient Care at the Transition to Kidney Failure: Insights from USRDS and DOPPS

November 04, 2022 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Location: W320 Chapin, Orange County Convention Center‚ West Building

Session Description

There is a need for substantive data that could help physicians improve care at the transition to kidney failure. With the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) and Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) uniquely positioned, this joint session presents the latest trends and opportunities to do better for patients before, during, and after the transition to kidney failure. Discussions focus on improving preparation before kidney failure: offering patients real choice, limiting urgent-start dialysis, smoothing the care of biochemical complications, and more. How are drivers such as payment policies and the COVID-19 pandemic playing a role in the United States and internationally, and what lessons have we learned to date?

Learning Objective(s)

  • Describe the latest trends in incidence of kidney failure, preparation for dialysis, and outcomes
  • Outline opportunities to improve outcomes and experiences for patients transitioning to kidney failure
  • Discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the epidemiology of ESKD in the United States
  • Interpret how major policy changes may be affecting care in advanced CKD

Learning Pathway(s)

  • CKD Non-Dialysis
  • Dialysis


  • Elaine Ku, MD, FASN
  • Sri Lekha Tummalapalli, MD, MBA, FASN