The inaugural Nephrology Twitter Journal Club kicks off tomorrow evening, that’s Tuesday April 29th, at 9pm Eastern time. The article being discussed concerns the implementation of a kidney disease screening and education program and its impact on ESRD preparation and survival. Participation in the program was associated with higher rates of pre-ESRD nephrology care and higher rates of non-hemodialysis renal replacement therapy including peritoneal dialysis and pre-emptive kidney transplantation. The enrolled patients had a lower overall mortality, although this was not statistically significant after adjusting for ESRD preparation.
The articles for Nephrology Twitter Journal Club will be chosen by you, the users. Please post links to potential articles using the #NephJC hashtag. The next journal club is tentatively penciled in for 2 weeks time. The Twitter journal club is the latest in a number of online educational projects in our specialty and comes at a time of rapid growth in the online Nephrology community. The live chat will be an hour long discussion on Twitter, involving the authors where possible, but comments will be welcome after the event and will be collated. Please visit the excellent Nephrology Journal Club homepage for more information and remember to use the hashtag #NephJC when commenting.