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UK home dialysis move to boost expansion

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Last week's recommendation by the UK's National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) that all suitable patients with end-stage renal failure (ESRF) be given the option of receiving haemodialysis at home is expected to result in a shift of 10-15% of patients to this service. Renal services in England and Wales will need to expand to meet this demand, says NICE. The majority of renal units in England already offer a home haemodialysis service, but uptake levels vary widely and only a small number of centres have up to 15% uptake. A move towards this would release resources for patients who are unsuitable for home dialysis.

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