HealthDay (10/5, Reinberg) reports Dr. Bessie Young at the University of Washington's Epidemiologic Research and Information Center conducted a study, published online in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, that found home hemodialysis offers patients suffering from chronic kidney disease "considerable advantages over dialysis performed in a medical setting." Nevertheless, researchers found that "a hurdle exists in terms of acceptance. Although home-based hemodialysis equipment has become easier to learn and use in recent years, the technology is available to less than 2 percent of 500,000 dialysis patients in the United States, said Young."
The NBC News (10/5) website adds, "This could be a big change in kidney treatment in the United States, where doctors, patients and insurers are all used to the standard regime of visiting a stand-alone dialysis clinic. But the home option is cheaper and evidence is beginning to suggest that patients who can stick to the regime are healthier, the researchers said."