Using Patient-Reported Measures to Improve Outcomes in Kidney Disease. Academic Article Review uri icon


  • Patients with CKD and ESRD are vulnerable to increased mortality rates and other poor outcomes. Among those with ESRD, their health-related quality of life (HRQOL) is shown little to no improvement as they undergo treatments such as dialysis and providers concurrently manage other health issues that complicate their already vulnerable state. This review synthesizes evidence demonstrating that a focus on measuring and monitoring patient-reported outcomes (PRO) such as pain and depression can improve HRQOL. Patient-centered care has the potential to create an efficient way for clinicians to address specific challenges facing patients. While there is an emerging literature assessing the use of PROs in kidney research, by examining relevant research in other disciplines it is possible to generate better ways to use PROs in this high-risk population. Electronic health records as well as various other electronic methods of communication between the clinician and patient may serve to accelerate the trajectory toward patient-centered care using PROs.© 2021 S. Karger AG, Basel.

publication date

  • January 1, 2021