Welcome to the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG)

Helping people enjoy life while living with advanced chronic kidney disease by becoming a world leader in kidney supportive care research and clinical innovation.

Dr. Sara Davison's passion and vision for reducing the suffering of patients living with advanced chronic kidney disease is the foundation for the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group. Her research and clinical innovation is at the forefront of kidney supportive care internationally and she is recognized as a world leader in the area. The KSCRG is guided by four core values:

Connected: collaborating with patients, health care professionals and researchers from different sites to share ideas and successes is the key to bring about clinical change.

Innovative: finding effective ways to implement and sustain improvement is critical to building a high performing health system.

Learning: continued education and training ensures the delivery of safe, evidence-based, high quality care for patients.

Caring: engaging patients and making sure their voices are heard is essential to providing accessible, responsive and flexible care that meet the diverse needs and preferences of patients.

Current Clinical and Research Innovation

Alberta's Provincial Conservative Kidney Management Pathway

In partnership with the Kidney Health Strategic Clinical Network the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG) has developed, implemented and is now evaluating a province wide conservative kidney management (CKM) clinical pathway.

The CKM pathway has been developed for patients with end stage kidney failure unlikely to benefit from chronic dialysis and who choose conservative (non-dialysis) care. These patients may live as long as those who decide to start dialysis, while still maintaining a better quality of life.

The pathway is currently in the implementation phase with on-going evaluation. Clinical results will be available in March 2018.

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Development and Evaluation of State of the Art Prognostication

Palliative care has historically focused on advanced cancer.  However, people with advanced non-cancer conditions also need excellent end of life care.  The Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG) has shown that patients dying with advanced chronic kidney disease (CKD) have extensive end-of-life care considerations, rarely access palliative care services and the quality of their dying experience is poor.

This study aims to characterize the functional decline of patients dying with stage 5 CKD and evaluate and refine prognostic strategies to identify those with shortened survival within a novel palliative care program implemented recently within the Northern Alberta Renal Program (NARP).

The ability to predict survival is critical to provide effective and timely palliative care. The results from this study will help improve referral, clinical practice, and overall access to palliative care services for patients with advanced CKD

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How You Can Get Involved with the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group

Upcoming Events

Patient Engagement

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Conservative Kidney Management will be featured at the 2018 Alberta Kidney Days Conference

  • March 9-10, 2018

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You can help!  You can share your story, help develop education materials, or be a Patient or Family Advisor on our Kidney Supportive Care Research Group  committees.

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The Kidney Supportive Care Research Group is currently looking for individuals to help implement and evaluate The Provincial Conservative Kidney Management Pathway.

There are opportunities to work on a number of research and clinical innovation activities involving clinical epidemiology, biostatistics, health economics, qualitative evaluation, quality improvement, knowledge translation, and adult education.

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Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG)  l  Mailing Address: 8-105 Clinical Sciences Building, University of Alberta, 11350 83 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T6G 2G3  l  Email: kscrg@ualberta.ca  l  Phone: (780) 492-0926 l  Fax: (780) 407-8117

Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG)

Dr. Sara Davison's passion and vision for reducing the suffering of patients living with advanced chronic kidney disease is the foundation for the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group. Her research and clinical innovation is at the forefront of kidney supportive care internationally and she is recognized as a world leader in the area. The KSCRG is guided by four core values:

Connected: collaborating with patients, health care professionals and researchers from different sites to share ideas and successes is the key to bring about clinical change.

Innovative: finding effective ways to implement and sustain improvement is critical to building a high performing health system.

Learning: continued education and training ensures the delivery of safe, evidence-based, high quality care for patients.

Caring: engaging patients and making sure their voices are heard is essential to providing accessible, responsive and flexible care that meet the diverse needs and preferences of patients.

In partnership with the Kidney Health Strategic Clinical Network the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group (KSCRG) has developed, implemented and is now evaluating a province wide conservative kidney management (CKM) clinical pathway.

The CKM pathway has been developed for patients with end stage kidney failure unlikely to benefit from chronic dialysis and who choose conservative (non-dialysis) care. These patients may live as long as those who decide to start dialysis, while still maintaining a better quality of life.

The pathway is currently in the implementation phase with on-going evaluation. Clinical results will be available in March 2018.

... Continue Reading

Dr. Sara Davison's passion and vision for reducing the suffering of patients living with advanced chronic kidney disease is the foundation for the Kidney Supportive Care Research Group. Her research and clinical innovation is at the forefront of kidney supportive care internationally and she is recognized as a world leader in the area. The KSCRG is guided by four core values:

Connected: collaborating with patients, health care professionals and researchers from different sites to share ideas and successes is the key to bring about clinical change.

Innovative: finding effective ways to implement and sustain improvement is critical to building a high performing health system.

Learning: continued education and training ensures the delivery of safe, evidence-based, high quality care for patients.

Caring: engaging patients and making sure their voices are heard is essential to providing accessible, responsive and flexible care that meet the diverse needs and preferences of patients.