About Us > News & Media > News Releases > 2004

Study To Test Whether More Frequent Dialysis Will Improve Outcomes

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will participate in a multi-center clinical trial to determine if patients benefit from receiving dialysis in a dialysis center more than three times per week

The study will compare patients who get dialysis six times a week with those who are on the standard dialysis plan: three times a week for about four hours, according to Michael Rocco, M.D., principal investigator for the study at Wake Forest Baptist.

At least 150 patients will be randomly assigned to one or the other. Those patients assigned to the six-times-per-week therapy will receive dialysis for two to three hours for each treatment. More frequent dialysis may prevent the buildup of urea and other poisons, thus improving outcomes.

In this trial, which will involve a number of centers throughout the United States, the NIH grant to Wake Forest Baptist is $188,000. G. John Chen, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of public health sciences - social sciences and health policy, will assist in developing an economic analysis for this trial. The researchers will determine whether more frequent dialysis will change rates of hospitalization and improve blood pressure, blood counts, diet or quality of life. Rocco said that the in-center dialysis trial probably would be conducted at one or two of the Winston-Salem dialysis centers. The study will begin accepting patients in the fall of 2004. ###

Media Contacts: Robert Conn (rconn@wfubmc.edu); Shannon Koontz, shkoontz@wfubmc.edu, or Karen Richardson, krchrdsn@wfubmc.edu, at 336-716-4587.

Media Relations Contacts:

Quick Reference

News Media Resources

Media Inquiries
336-716-4587
Patient Information
336-713-0000
Satellite Interviews
336-716-4434

Ways to Give
Last Updated: 07-10-2009
USNWR 2013-2014Magnet Hospital RecognitionConsumer Choice2014 Best DoctorsJoint Commission Report

Disclaimer: The information on this website is for general informational purposes only and SHOULD NOT be relied upon as a substitute for sound professional medical advice, evaluation or care from your physician or other qualified health care provider.