OTTAWA – Experts from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health recommend home-based dialysis for patients living with end-stage kidney disease over regular visits to dialysis center.
“The evidence tells us that in-center and home-based dialysis offer similar benefits in terms of clinical outcomes,” said Dr. Brian O’Rourke, president and CEO of CADTH, in a statement. “And in terms of offering patients and caregivers more choice around treatment options, and realizing some cost savings in the health system, this work tells us that we should be considering how home-based dialysis could be more effectively implemented.”
The CADTH recommendations are part of a comprehensive review the organization undertook to examine the appropriate use of dialysis modalities to treat end-stage kidney disease and shed light on the factors that influence the implementation of dialysis programs in Canada.
“We know that patients and caregivers place a high value on treatment options that are least disruptive to their daily lives,” said Dr. Manish Sood, who co-authored the CADTH clinical review, in a statement. “For many patients, home dialysis is a safe and preferred alternative to frequent hospital visits and I’m hopeful that, with these evidence-informed recommendations from CADTH, we can kick-start a national conversation about the role of home-based treatment in Canada.”