Does home haemodialysis produce better outcomes for patients?

Br J Nurs. 2010 Nov 11-24;19(20):1275-6, 1278-80. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2010.19.20.79679.


Demand for renal replacement therapy (dialysis and transplantation) is projected to rise by approximately 5% every year until at least 2030. Therefore, particular attention should be paid to areas in which significant increases in demand are likely to lead to further pressure on services. There is evidence to support higher patient survival rates in home haemodialysis compared with those that receive hospital- or satellite-based haemodialysis (i.e. a smaller renal unit based in a community hospital closer to the patient's home). Furthermore, studies suggest that home haemodialysis is at least as effective as and less costly than hospital or satellite unit haemodialysis. Therefore, there is a greater requirement for expanding the provision of home haemodialysis, and to make this treatment option available to a wider range of patients.

MeSH terms

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Diffusion of Innovation
  • Health Planning Guidelines
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Hemodialysis Units, Hospital
  • Hemodialysis, Home* / economics
  • Hemodialysis, Home* / nursing
  • Hemodialysis, Home* / psychology
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / mortality
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy*
  • Motivation
  • Nurse's Role
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Survival Rate
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology