Peritoneal dialysis first policy in Hong Kong for 35 years: Global impact

Philip Kam Tao Li, Wanhong Lu, Siu Ka Mak, Neil Boudville, Xueqing Yu, Ming Ju Wu, Yuk Lun Cheng, Christopher T. Chan, Bak Leong Goh, Na Tian, Kai Ming Chow, Sing Leung Lui, Wai Kei Lo

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Peritoneal dialysis (PD) first policy has been established in Hong Kong since 1985. After 35 years of practice, the PD first policy in Hong Kong has influenced many countries around the world including governments, health ministries, nephrologists and renal nurses on the overall health policy structure and clinical practice in treating kidney failure patients using PD as an important dialysis modality. In 2021, the International Association of Chinese Nephrologists and the Hong Kong Society of Nephrology jointly held a symposium celebrating the 35 years of PD first policy in Hong Kong. In that symposium, experts and opinion leaders from around the world have shared their perspectives on how the PD first policy has grown and how it has affected PD and home dialysis practice globally. The advantages of PD during COVID-19 pandemic were highlighted and the use of telemedicine as an important adjunct was discussed in treating kidney failure patients to improve the overall quality of care. Barriers to PD and the need for sustainability of PD first policy were also emphasized. Overall, the knowledge awareness of PD as a home dialysis for patients, families, care providers and learners is a prerequisite for the success of PD first. A critical mass of PD regional hubs is needed for training and mentorship. Importantly, the alignment of policy and clinical goals are enablers of PD first program.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)787-794
Number of pages8
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022
Externally publishedYes


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