Editorial issue 273

For this 273rd issue of NDT-E, the 5 papers deal with clinically very relevant topics. I hope that you will enjoy their reading, and hopefully also some good time of relaxing/holidays this summer.

The first paper is entitled “A nephrology guide to reading and using systematic reviews of randomized trials”, and has been very recently published in NDT. Starting from a case scenario, S. Badve et al (from the group of G. Strippoli) present in a reader-friendly format how a nephrologist should read systematic reviews, when looking after information applicable to an individual patient. The second paper is from the NDT Perspectives series. Corinne Isnard Bagnis et al. report “Quality standards for predialysis education: results from a consensus conference” . In the third paper, Iain C. Macdougall et al. report in NDT  the results of the  “FIND-CKD study: a randomized trial of intravenous ferric carboxymaltose versus oral iron in patients with chronic kidney disease and iron deficiency anaemia”

The fourth paper by M.A. Feely et al., from KI, deals with “Ethical challenges with hemodialysis patients who lack decision-making capacity: behavioral issues, surrogate decision-makers and end-of-life situations”

Finally, the fifth paper (again from KI) reports good news for patients with type 1 diabetes and nephropathy. Analysing their large cohort, the group of Parving and Rossing from Denmark was able to demonstrate that the prognosis of such patients has improved in recent decades!


The 4 CME lectures selected for this issue of NDT-E were presented in Istanbul, at last year’s ERA-EDTA congress. Armando Torres (La Laguna,Spain) discusses “Does RAS blockade improve outcomes after kidney transplantation. Francis Delmonico (Boston, USA) next discusses “Optimization of organ donation to improve long-term results “. In the third presentation, Ondrej Viklicky (Prague, Czech republic) presents on “Regulatory T cells in kidney transplant recipients: effect of induction immunosuppression”. Finally, Olof Heimburger (Stockholm, Sweden ) discusses “How to manage assisted peritoneal dialysis for the elderly patients”.


Enjoy NDT-Edu!

Prof. Michel Jadoul
Editor-in-Chief NDT-Educational