STOP Med-HD: Strategic optimization of prescription medication use in patients on hemodialysis

Study Lead

Marisa Battistella

Toronto General Hospital, University Health Network


Patients on hemodialysis (HD) take 12 medications per day on average. Sometimes, certain medications can be gradually reduced or removed to decrease the number of pills a patient needs to take and possibly the negative effects of taking so many medications (for example: side effects related to taking the drug, drug interactions). This is called “deprescribing”. Our research team developed and is implementing deprescribing tools in HD units across Canada to help medical teams in HD units identify and deprescribe medications that certain patients might not need.

We are looking to interview patient partners (who are 18+ and in Canada) with chronic kidney disease to learn about their experience with chronic kidney disease, taking multiple medications, and/or deprescribing. The interview will take place over video call (e.g. Zoom) and will take approximately 10-15 minutes. Our research team will create a short video and include recorded clips from the interviews with patients. We will share the video with patients, clinicians, and research partners.

Estimated time commitment: 40 minutes – 20 minutes max for interview; 20 minutes max to provide feedback on video


Patients 18+ with chronic kidney disease and/or on hemodialysis.

Type of Participation



Chronic Kidney Disease




All provinces and territories

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