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DaVita Abstracts Highlight Latest Research Developments at Annual Dialysis Conference
Date:3/10/2009

h is an outstanding conference that solely focuses on dialysis. As a leader in clinical outcomes, and a provider who serves more than 1-in-4 dialysis patients in the nation, we will continue our research and the Relentless Pursuit of Quality(TM). Amongst DaVita's many research findings, we will share our early data from our EMPOWER Program pilot in 2008, demonstrating the importance of early CKD education."

The abstract focusing on the DaVita(R) EMPOWER(TM) program is especially significant as it is the first time data on this program has been released. The EMPOWER program is a series of educational classes where earlier stage CKD patients, starting in Stage 3, can learn more about kidney disease. DaVita nurses, renal dietitians and social workers use a multidisciplinary approach to educate patients. The EMPOWER program is provided at no charge to patients, and early results indicate educating patients before they begin dialysis will have an impact on their health and quality of life. Research shows patients who went through DaVita's EMPOWER program were more likely to have a fistula in place on their first outpatient dialysis treatment. According to studies, fistula patients have the fewest complications, such as infection or clotting, in comparison to any other access choices.

The abstract also indicates 35 percent of all EMPOWER educated patients chose a home modality, reflecting a stronger sense of patient independence and desire to be actively involved in their own care.

In addition to the abstracts, DaVita is pleased to have several invited speakers presenting, Dr. Kamyar Kalantar-Zahed, MD, one of DCR's intellectual research partners, has two presentations: Body Mass Index and Mortality, and Defining Protein Energy Wasting in Dialysis. Additionally, Dr. Nissenson and Dr. Robert Provnenzano, MD are featured speakers at ADC, and will discuss the topics of Elderly Peritoneal Dialysis Patients and Regu
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