The Better Evidence and Translation - Chronic Kidney Disease (BEAT-CKD) is a collaborative research program that aims to improve the lives of people living with chronic kidney disease in Australia and globally by generating high-quality research evidence to inform healthcare decisions made by patients, health professionals, and policy makers. BEAT-CKD addresses the entire spectrum of CKD, from early-stage chronic kidney disease, through to dialysis, and kidney transplantation.
The objectives are to:
identify promising interventions for existing high priority outcomesidentify new priority outcomes that are patient-centred, and potential interventions to improve these outcomesprovide robust evidence about these interventionsidentify which patients might achieve the most benefit from these interventionsidentify and evaluate strategies to deliver these interventions in diverse clinical settings.
BEAT-CKD is funded by a NHMRC Program Grant (APP1092957) and supports four national research and translation platforms including: CARI, ANZDATA, Australian Clinical Trials Network (AKTN), Cochrane Kidney and Transplant.
Patient and Carer Forums
Kidney Health Australia have partnered with BEAT-CKD to host patient and carer forums. The programs for the sessions are informed by consumer preferences and ideas. The 2019 forum was held as part of the World Congress of Nephrology in Melbourne. Topics including exercise, dialysis-related fatigue, the carer's perspective and consumer engagement in research.
The 2018 forum was held as part of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology Annual Scientific Meeting in Darwin. The sessions aimed to provide 'updates' of current kidney disease research to consumers.
Recordings of the forums can be viewed via the BEAT-CKD YouTube channel