The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) and the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K/DOQI): a cooperative initiative to improve outcomes for hemodialysis patients worldwide

Am J Kidney Dis. 2004 Nov;44(5 Suppl 2):1-6. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2004.08.004.


Two initiatives were launched in the closing years of the past century with the goal of improving the treatment outcomes of patients with kidney failure: the Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative, which formed expert panels to develop evidence-based clinical practice guidelines, and the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS), which now gathers data on practice patterns in dialysis facilities in 12 countries, including the United States. Recently, the Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) program was established to promote worldwide coordination and integration of initiatives to develop and implement clinical practice guidelines and provides new opportunities of cooperation with the international scope of the DOPPS. Collaboration between the DOPPS and KDIGO will lead to broader dissemination of relevant information to nephrologists, health care providers, and patients. Linking the DOPPS scope of work with the KDIGO goals will help develop continuous quality improvement programs and the provision of direct feedback to participating dialysis centers throughout the world. This will establish an essential component in the translation to clinical practice of evidence-based guidelines worldwide.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care*
  • Renal Dialysis* / standards
  • Renal Dialysis* / statistics & numerical data