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Jonathan D Kibble, Christine Bellew, Abdo Asmar, Lisa Barkley
The goal of this review is to highlight the key elements needed to successfully deploy team-based learning (TBL) in any class, but especially in large enrolment classes, where smooth logistics are essential. The text is based on a lecture and workshop given at the American Physiological Society's Institute on Teaching and Learning in Madison, WI, in June 2016. After a short overview of the TBL method, its underpinning in learning theory, and a summary of current evidence for its effectiveness, we present two case studies from our own teaching practices in a new medical school...
December 2016: Advances in Physiology Education
Monica Cortinovis, Norberto Perico, Giuseppe Remuzzi
The randomized controlled trial (RCT) is the cornerstone upon which clinical decision-making is based. Pivotal RCTs in the nephrology area efficiently demonstrated the renoprotective effects of treatment with renin-angiotensin system inhibitors in patients with diabetic and non-diabetic proteinuric nephropathies. However, there is concern about the increasing cost, complexity and duration of clinical studies. Moreover, recent large RCTs addressing key issues for patients with renal disease failed to achieve definitive conclusions mainly due to critical flaws in the investigational strategies, including the adoption of excessive/fixed doses of the study medications, inappropriate use of the placebo-controlled design, enrollment of low-risk individuals, poor reporting of adverse events or unreliable evaluation of renal function...
September 20, 2016: Nephron
Martin Ritt, Karl-Günter Gaßmann, Cornel Christian Sieber
Frailty is a major health burden in an aging society. It constitutes a clinical state of reduced physiological reserves that is associated with a diminished ability to withstand internal and external stressors. Frail patients have an increased risk for adverse clinical outcomes, such as mortality, readmission to hospital, institutionalization and falls. Of further clinical interest, frailty might be at least in part reversible in some patients and subject to preventive strategies. In daily clinical practice older patients with a complex health status, who are mostly frail or at least at risk of developing frailty, are frequently cared for by geriatricians...
October 2016: Zeitschrift Für Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Aline C Q Leão, Paulo R Menezes, Maura S Oliveira, Anna S Levin
BACKGROUND: It has been challenging to determine the true clinical impact of Acinetobacter spp., due to the predilection of this pathogen to colonize and infect critically ill patients, who often have a poor prognosis. The aim of this study was to assess whether Acinetobacter spp. bacteremia is associated with lower survival compared with bacteremia caused by other pathogens in critically ill patients. METHODS: This study was performed at Hospital das Clínicas, University of São Paulo, Brazil...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Kathryn D Winters, Stephanie Toth-Manikowski, Carol Martire, Tariq Shafi
BACKGROUND: Correctly assessing and managing volume status are critical elements of daily care for patients managed by nephrologists. However, intravascular volume is difficult to assess by physical examination alone. METHODS: We present vignettes illustrating the potential for using hand-carried ultrasound (HCU) to improve volume assessment in common clinical scenarios faced by the renal consultant in the hospital setting. These include patients with acute kidney injury and patients treated with hemodialysis...
July 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Julius Okel, Ike G Okpechi, Bilal Qarni, Timothy Olanrewaju, Mark J Courtney, Valerie Luyckx, Sarala Naicker, Aminu K Bello
An effective workforce is essential for delivery of high-quality chronic disease care. Low-income nations are challenged by a dearth and/or maldistribution of an essential workforce required for all chronic disease care including chronic kidney disease (CKD). Nephrology education and training in developed countries have grown at pace with the technological advancement in the practice of medicine in order to meet the standards required of kidney health professionals towards high-quality, patient-centered medical care...
July 29, 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Alexandra Rieger, Elisabeth Kemter, Sudhir Kumar, Bastian Popper, Bernhard Aigner, Eckhard Wolf, Rüdiger Wanke, Andreas Blutke
During nephrogenesis, POU domain class 3 transcription factor 3 (POU3F3 aka BRN1) is critically involved in development of distinct nephron segments, including the thick ascending limb of the loop of Henle (TAL). Deficiency of POU3F3 in knock-out mice leads to underdevelopment of the TAL, lack of differentiation of TAL cells, and perinatal death due to renal failure. Pou3f3L423P mutant mice, which were established in the Munich ENU Mouse Mutagenesis Project, carry a recessive point mutation in the homeobox domain of POU3F3...
2016: PloS One
Barry A Cohen, Mark J Courtney, Louise M Moist, James Barton
BACKGROUND: A critical feature of any continuing medical education (CME) program is the inclusion of a needs assessment for its target audience. This assessment must identify both perceived and unperceived needs, so as to best capture the entire spectrum of learning opportunities for the group. OBJECTIVE: We describe the process developed by the Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN) to enhance the educational effectiveness of its Annual General Meeting program. DESIGN: The design of this study is the analysis of a survey questionnaire and of the Canadian Organ Replacement Registry (CORR) database...
2016: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
Norbert Lameire, Wim Van Biesen, Raymond Vanholder
In this review we summarize the world-wide epidemiology of acute kidney injury (AKI) in children with special emphasis on low-income countries, notably those of the sub-Saharan continent. We discuss definitions and classification systems used in pediatric AKI literature. At present, despite some shortcomings, traditional Pediatric Risk Injury Failure Loss and End Stage Kidney Disease (pRIFLE) and Kidney Disease Improving Global Outcomes (KDIGO) systems are the most clinically useful. Alternative definitions, such as monitoring serum cystatin or novel urinary biomarkers, including cell cycle inhibitors, require more long-term studies in heterogenous pediatric AKI populations before they can be recommended in routine clinical practice...
June 15, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Theofilos Papadopoulos, Magdalena Krochmal, Katryna Cisek, Marco Fernandes, Holger Husi, Robert Stevens, Jean-Loup Bascands, Joost P Schanstra, Julie Klein
In the recent decades, the evolution of omics technologies has led to advances in all biological fields, creating a demand for effective storage, management and exchange of rapidly generated data and research discoveries. To address this need, the development of databases of experimental outputs has become a common part of scientific practice in order to serve as knowledge sources and data-sharing platforms, providing information about genes, transcripts, proteins or metabolites. In this review, we present omics databases available currently, with a special focus on their application in kidney research and possibly in clinical practice...
June 2016: Clinical Kidney Journal
Gabriela Cobo, Manfred Hecking, Friedrich K Port, Isabella Exner, Bengt Lindholm, Peter Stenvinkel, Juan Jesús Carrero
Sex and gender differences are of fundamental importance in most diseases, including chronic kidney disease (CKD). Men and women with CKD differ with regard to the underlying pathophysiology of the disease and its complications, present different symptoms and signs, respond differently to therapy and tolerate/cope with the disease differently. Yet an approach using gender in the prevention and treatment of CKD, implementation of clinical practice guidelines and in research has been largely neglected. The present review highlights some sex- and gender-specific evidence in the field of CKD, starting with a critical appraisal of the lack of inclusion of women in randomized clinical trials in nephrology, and thereafter revisits sex/gender differences in kidney pathophysiology, kidney disease progression, outcomes and management of haemodialysis care...
July 1, 2016: Clinical Science (1979-)
Chung-Liang Shih, Tuan-Hsun Chang, Dana A Jensen, Chiung-Hsuan Chiu
BACKGROUND: Dialysis has long been a critical issue in the field of nephrology, though the burden this lifesaving technology places on society can be immense. Effectively increasing the health literacy of hemodialysis patients can be beneficial for their health outcomes and self-care abilities. Thus, the aims of this study are to: (1) develop a health literacy assessment tool in Chinese for patients receiving hemodialysis treatment; (2) assess the health literacy level of the Taiwanese hemodialysis population using the tool developed...
2016: BMC Nephrology
Tonya M Esterhuizen, Lehana Thabane
Meta-analysis, a statistical combination of results of several trials to produce a summary effect, has been subject to criticism in the past, mainly for the reasons of poor quality of included studies, heterogeneity between studies meta-analyzed and failing to address publication bias. These limitations can cause the results to be misleading, which is important if policy and practice decisions are based on systematic reviews and meta-analyses. We elaborate on these limitations and illustrate them with examples from the nephrology literature...
June 2016: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
David Collister, Randall Russell, Josee Verdon, Monica Beaulieu, Adeera Levin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize a jointly held symposium by the Canadian Society of Nephrology (CSN), the Canadian Association of Nephrology Administrators (CANA), and the Canadian Kidney Knowledge Translation and Generation Network (CANN-NET) entitled "Perspectives on Optimizing Care of Patients in Multidisciplinary Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Clinics" that was held on April 24, 2015, in Montreal, Quebec. SOURCES OF INFORMATION: The panel consisted of a variety of members from across Canada including a multidisciplinary CKD clinic patient (Randall Russell), nephrology fellow (Dr...
2016: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
Giovanni Montini, Alberto Edefonti, Yajaira Silva Galán, Mabel Sandoval Díaz, Marta Medina Manzanarez, Giuseppina Marra, Fabio Robusto, Gianni Tognoni, Fabio Sereni
BACKGROUND: The widely recognized clinical and epidemiological relevance of the socioeconomic determinants of health-disease conditions is expected to be specifically critical in terms of chronic diseases in fragile populations in low-income countries. However, in the literature, there is a substantial gap between the attention directed towards the medical components of these problems and the actual adoption of strategies aimed at providing solutions for the associated socioeconomic determinants, especially in pediatric populations...
2016: PloS One
Anirudh Rao, Katharina Brück, Shona Methven, Rebecca Evans, Vianda S Stel, Kitty J Jager, Lotty Hooft, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Fergus Caskey
BACKGROUND: The STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) statement was published in October 2007 to improve quality of reporting of observational studies. The aim of this review was to assess the impact of the STROBE statement on observational study reporting and study design quality in the nephrology literature. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic literature review. SETTING & POPULATION: European and North American, Pre-dialysis Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) cohort studies...
2016: PloS One
Niraj Desai, Mahboob Rahman
End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality, and increased health care use. Optimal management of patients with ESRD requires close collaboration among primary care physicians, nephrology subspecialists, and other subspecialists. Critical issues for the family physician include helping patients transition from chronic kidney disease to ESRD, recognizing and managing common issues in patients receiving dialysis or after kidney transplantation, and understanding palliative care for patients with ESRD...
May 2016: FP Essentials
Sharmeela Saha, Mahboob Rahman
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) affects more than 1 in 10 individuals in the United States. The care of these patients must be managed by family physicians and nephrology subspecialists. The kidneys often are affected by systemic processes such as diabetes and hypertension, and optimal management of these conditions is critical to slow decline in renal function in CKD patients. These patients are at high risk of cardiovascular disease, and statin therapy is recommended for adults with CKD who are at least age 50 years and not receiving dialysis...
May 2016: FP Essentials
Peter G Linde, Patrick Archdeacon, Matthew D Breyer, Tod Ibrahim, Jula K Inrig, Reshma Kewalramani, Celeste Castillo Lee, Carolyn Y Neuland, Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, James A Sloand, Rachel Meyer, Kimberly A Smith, Jennifer Snook, Melissa West, Ronald J Falk
Innovation in kidney diseases is not commensurate with the effect of these diseases on human health and mortality or innovation in other key therapeutic areas. A primary cause of the dearth in innovation is that kidney diseases disproportionately affect a demographic that is largely disenfranchised, lacking sufficient advocacy, public attention, and funding. A secondary and likely consequent cause is that the existing infrastructure supporting nephrology research pales in comparison with those for other internal medicine specialties, especially cardiology and oncology...
July 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
Kathleen D Liu
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May 2016: Advances in Chronic Kidney Disease
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