PCORI Answers Critical Questions
Evidence gaps can make it difficult to know which kidney disease treatment will work best given a patient’s needs. PCORI funds studies that seek to help patients, clinicians and others answer various questions they might have about treatment options, such as:
Caregiver: I’m overwhelmed trying to understand the pros and cons of treatment options now that my father’s kidneys have shut down. How can we feel confident we’re making the best choices?
Patient: My doctor suggests I take a blood-thinning drug to avoid developing another blood clot. But she acknowledges she doesn’t know how well these drugs work in people with chronic kidney disease, like me. Should I take one of these drugs? If so, which one?
Doctor: Here on the Zuni Indian Reservation in New Mexico, many people need dialysis for kidney disease. Would our tribe’s health improve if indigenous community health workers provided care in patients’ homes instead of patients having to come to our clinic?
Kidney Disease Study Spotlights
This study is testing whether, compared with usual care, a patient-centered approach to transitional care improves outcomes for patients with kidney failure.
Choosing drugs that prevent recurrence of deep-vein blood clots is challenging for people with impaired kidney function. This study compares the drugs’ benefits and risks over the long term.