The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) is expanding the DOPPS Practice Monitor (DPM) to share data from hemodialysis facilities in Canada. Similar to the DPM in the United States, which was launched in November 2010, the Canadian DPM will provide up-to-date trends in clinical practice.

The Canadian DPM initiative will feature a website that will provide timely reports aggregating data from at least 19 representative Canadian hemodialysis facilities and describing trends in many different clinical aspects of hemodialysis practice across the country. Data will be updated every six months on the DPM website available at http://www.dopps.org/DPM/Canada.

The Canadian DPM website will present information about demographics, comorbidities, anemia practices, bone and mineral practices, dialysis prescription and dose, cardiovascular medication use, nutrition-related practice, and vascular access use. Presenting these data in the form of more than 90 regularly updated charts, figures, and data tables, the DPM will provide comparisons and trends over time in each of these practice areas in Canada.