This cohort study assesses the association between changes in Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reimbursement policy and erythrocyte-stimulating agent drug labels with outcomes for patients undergoing hemodialysis.
This population epidemiology study uses US Renal Data System data to characterize emergency department (ED) visits, hospitalizations from the ED, and demographic characteristics of patients with end-stage renal disease who used ED services between 2005 and 2011.
This qualitative analysis using electronic medical records from the Department of Veterans Affairs examines the factors influencing the timing of initiation of dialysis in clinical practice.
This population-level analysis of early trends in use of the services targeted by the Choosing Wisely campaign showed both desirable and undesirable modest changes in use of low-value services, suggesting that additional interventions are necessary for wider implementation of the recommendations.
This cohort study of initial CKD evaluation in nephrology clinics examined which lab and imaging tests were obtained and how often the tests affected management.
This retrospective cohort study reports a higher incidence of major bleeding and a higher risk of gastrointestinal bleeding with dabigatran.
Kovesdy et al compare the outcomes associated with a treated systolic blood pressure of less than 120 mm Hg vs those associated with the currently recommended systolic blood pressure of less than 140 mm Hg in a national chronic kidney disease database of US veterans.
Conklin et al characterize renal and neurologic outcomes among survivors of a 2006 diethylene glycol mass-poisoning event in Panama for 2 years after exposure. See also the invited commentary by Brent.
Winkelmayer et al determine the trends in anemia treatment received by Medicare beneficiaries approaching end-stage renal disease. Coyne provides an Invited Commentary.
Hsu et al assess the effectiveness and safety of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers as therapy for advanced chronic kidney disease in patients with hypertension and anemia who are not undergoing dialysis. See the Invited Commentary by Park and Hsu.
Dunkler et al evaluate the association between diet; alcohol, protein, and sodium intake; and incidence or progression of chronic kidney disease among individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus. See also the invited commentary by Kramer and Chang.