ISPD-supported Projects: TEACH-PD (Update)

A Targeted Education ApproaCH to improve Peritoneal Dialysis outcomes
Co-Principal Investigators: Professor Josephine Chow & Professor Neil Boudville

The TEACH-PD training curriculum and teaching materials were developed by a core group of renal nurses from the HOME Network, nephrologists, educationalists and consumer representatives in line with the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) guidelines, using modern adult learning principles, which have been shown to enhance effectiveness of learning.

In 2018, a feasibility study was conducted with the explicit aim to evaluate acceptability and usability of the TEACH-PD training modules developed for PD trainers and patients in a real clinical setting. The results of the feasibility study have allowed for further refinement of this PD training intervention in preparation for a full-scale trial. The effect of the refined PD training intervention on the primary efficacy end point of PD-related infection will be evaluated in a full-scale, cluster-randomised controlled trial (CRCT) in Australia and New Zealand, which commenced in March 2019.

The ISPD grant has provided an important support in enabling trial initiation and as a leverage to secure other funding opportunities. In March 2019, TEACH-PD was successful in the Australian Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) round on Rare Cancers, Rare Diseases and Unmet Clinical Need Clinical Trials Program and received $2,38M. This is in addition to the ~$500,000 the team has already raised through Queensland government and industry.  On 28 June 2019, TEACH-PD was also successful in the Health Research Council of New Zealand of $1,43M over a 5 year grant.