Most patients with terminal kidney failure undergo hemodialysis three times a week in a hospital. Hemodialysis can also be done at home, which allows for longer (night) and more frequent (intensive) dialysis. In addition to the known benefits of intensive home hemodialysis on life expectancy, quality of life, and cardiovascular functioning, this dissertation demonstrates additional advantages. These include increased stability of blood pressure and heart function, improved waste removal during dialysis, and protective effects in pregnant women and older dialysis patients. Finally, this dissertation also reveals that intensive home hemodialysis can reduce costs compared to traditional hemodialysis offered by hospitals.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||10 Jun 2015|
|Place of Publication||Maastricht|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
- kidney failure
- (home) hemodialysis