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No 106, June 2017


The ERA-EDTA Dialogue

ERA-EDTA is proud to announce the launch of a new community channel accessible from ENP: the ERA-EDTA Dialogue. This new important tool will enable professionals to discuss important topics with colleagues and be updated concerning novelties in the fields of interest of ERA-EDTA.

Join the first discussion “When will I stop immunosuppression in glomerulonephritis?”, officially started by Prof. Mustafa Arici.

Click here to access the ERA-EDTA Dialogue.


Did you attend Madrid Congress? We “ASQ” for your help for young nephrologists living in developing countries

ERA-EDTA has created an electronic congress feedback questionnaire aimed at collecting impressions, suggestions and remarks related to this event.

We warmly invite all registered delegates to complete this questionnaire that should take no more than 3 minutes of your time to be completed.

Not only delegates will be providing us with very useful information so that we can improve ERA-EDTA future congresses, but it will also help young colleagues living in developing countries (GPD < USD 10,000) to attend the ERA-EDTA Congress in Copenhagen (Denmark) next year!

In fact for every completed 200 feedback questionnaires, the ERA-EDTA will offer one congress travel grant. This initiative, named Altruistic Support by Questionnaire (ASQ), is part of the exclusive ERA-EDTA advantages for young nephrologists living in disadvantaged areas of the world where education and scientific updates are needed.

Please complete the survey, your opinion is important to us!

ndt and ckj articles

Just published online! Read the latest NDT and CKJ articles

Pro and cons of intense glycaemic control in older patients

The increasing prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and diabetes has resulted in increasing numbers of frail older patients with a combination of these conditions. Because of the risk of hypoglycemia nearly all current guidelines recommend less-tight glycaemic control for the older population. But is this still state-of-the art? Over the last few years, newer classes of hypoglycaemic drugs with a lower risk of hypoglycaemia have emerged. Besides, studies have shown potential benefits of intense glycaemic control for both microvascular and macrovascular complications. Therefore, the authors of a study published currently in NDT recommend an individualized management approach.

Physiotherapists in dialysis units would be the key to a successful implementation

A study published in CKJ has now analyzed the obstacles and barriers to putting the concept into practice. Staff knowledge, equipment problems, and patient motivation were the main barriers to exercise on dialysis. The authors also found out that there is evidence that patients wish to participate, if they are lead to it and are motivated. The study showed that the input of a physiotherapist in the dialysis units had a significant positive effect on their uptake of exercise on dialysis. According to the authors, national guidelines should encourage dialysis units to include professional exercise provision.


EDITH Project

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is the cause of substantial morbidity and mortality and results in major burden both to individual patients and to society as a whole. Different forms of Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT) exist to treat patients with End Stage Kidney Disease (ESKD), kidney transplantation being one of them.
The Pilot Project EDITH (The Effect of Differing Kidney Disease Treatment Modalities and Organ Donation and Transplantation Practices on Health Expenditure and Patient Outcomes), which is co-financed by the European Commission, and for which the ERA-EDTA Registry is a partner, aims at assessing the different treatment modalities for ESKD currently used throughout the European Union and at examining the factors that influence the different treatment choices. EDITH supports the establishment of follow-up registries in order to collect crucial information to increase the quality and safety of living donors as well as all transplant recipients.

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