LONDON, Ontario—Researchers at Lawson Health Research Institute have discovered that developing countries have faster growing rates of use of peritoneal dialysis (PD)for kidney failure than the developed world.
Despite home-based dialysis' reduced cost and better outcomes, developed countries (including Canada) are using this form of therapy less.
The study by Dr. Arsh Jain, Lawson researcher and nephrologist at London Health Sciences Centre, was published in the Journal of American Society Nephrology (JASN) last month. PD represents only 11 percent of dialysis patients worldwide.
While the overall use of PD for kidney failure is climbing world wide, rates are climbing quickly in developing countries. According to Jain, PD is more cost effective than hemodialysis.