- Caring for patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring dialysis is intensive and expensive. Telehealth may improve the access and efficiency of ESRD care. For this perspective, we systematically reviewed studies that examined the effectiveness of telehealth versus or in addition to usual care for ESRD management. 10 studies were identified, including 7 randomized trials and 3 cohort studies. Study populations, modes of delivery (including telephone, telemetry, or videoconferencing), and the outcomes evaluated varied substantially between studies.
- Intravenous (IV) cyclophosphamide has been first-line treatment for inducing disease remission in lupus nephritis. The comparative efficacy and toxicity of newer agents such as mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and calcineurin inhibitors are uncertain.
- Guidelines preferentially recommend noncalcium phosphate binders in adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD). We compare and rank phosphate-binder strategies for CKD.
- Dental disease is more extensive in adults with chronic kidney disease, but whether dental health and behaviors are associated with survival in the setting of hemodialysis is unknown.
- Serum parathyroid hormone (PTH), phosphorus, and calcium levels are surrogate outcomes that are central to the evaluation of drug treatments in chronic kidney disease (CKD). This systematic review evaluates the evidence for the correlation between drug effects on biochemical (PTH, phosphorus, and calcium) and all-cause and cardiovascular mortality end points in adults with CKD.