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ISN-DOPPS Launch Survey to Assess Impact of COVID-19 on Kidney Units

The ISN and the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) Program at Arbor Research Collaborative for Health in Michigan, United States, are conducting a survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the care of patients undergoing chronic dialysis for the treatment of kidney failure.

People with kidney diseases are particularly vulnerable to the health threat from COVID-19, either directly from the risk of infection or indirectly from disruption to life-sustaining services. As a result, doctors and nurses looking after people with kidney diseases may have experienced specific challenges in delivering quality care to their patients while ensuring their own wellbeing.

The survey aims to identify the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on kidney units worldwide through reports, articles, and white papers to better inform the dialysis community and raise awareness on international practices and challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to reach the highest number of participants possible, both teams have worked closely with ISN leaders in low and middle-income countries to ensure that the survey is relevant to all settings. The survey will be widely distributed, both socio-economically and geographically, and has already been translated into English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

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