Survival comparison between intensive hemodialysis and transplantation in the context of the existing literature surrounding nocturnal and short-daily hemodialysis

Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2013 Jan;28(1):44-7. doi: 10.1093/ndt/gfs419.


Our contemporary paradigms of nocturnal and short-daily hemodialysis (NHD and SDHD) have their origins in the earliest era of dialysis care for end-stage renal disease. However, these therapies have received considerably more attention in recent years owing to an increasing body of literature, suggesting a myriad of benefits attributable to these intensive dialysis regimens compared with conventional thrice-weekly hemodialysis. Analyses suggest a survival benefit for NHD and SDHD versus traditional hemodialysis prescriptions, and it is in this context that survival comparisons between intensive dialysis and transplantation must be considered. This literature and its limitations are reviewed here.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / mortality*
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy*
  • Kidney Transplantation*
  • Renal Dialysis*
  • Survival Rate
  • Treatment Outcome