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Arbor Research announced that it held a protocol training meeting Sept. 21 for all newly participating facilities in its new Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) expansion in the Middle East. Following the success of its Saudi Arabia pilot study, Arbor Research is implementing the DOPPSLite protocol in all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The DOPPS will enroll 40 sites in the region.
Ron Pisoni, PhD, MS, senior research scientist at Arbor Research, and principal investigator of the DOPPS, and Justin Albert, project manager at Arbor Research, led the meeting with assistance from Dr. Ali Abdulkarim Al Obaidli and other senior investigators from the GCC DOPPS. Medical directors and study coordinators travelled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates to attend the training. Arbor Research reported that the directors were engaged and enthusiastic. The researchers said data collection should begin soon.
For the original pilot in Saudi Arabia, DOPPS researchers worked closely with numerous GCC nephrology investigators and with the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation to help lead and manage this new initiative.
About the Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study
The DOPPS is a prospective cohort study of hemodialysis practices based on the collection of observational data from a random sample of patients from a representative and random sample of units in 19 countries, including Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Data collection for the study has been conducted since 1996. Data from more than 55,000 patients in more than 600 dialysis facilities has been collected.
DOPPS at American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week
Arbor Research will present 17 abstracts, including three oral presentations, at the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week in San Diego, Oct. 30 through November 4, 2012.