Research Article

Comparison of Remote Controlled Automated Peritoneal Dialysis and Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis During COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Rezzan Eren Sadioğlu
  • Merve Aktar
  • Gülden Bolat Çelik
  • Elif Açıkgöz
  • Şayeste Akkan Eren
  • Kenan Ateş

Received Date: 15.12.2020 Accepted Date: 18.02.2021 J Ankara Univ Fac Med 2021;74(2):190-199


We aimed to show the possible effect of the peritoneal dialysis (PD) modality on the mood and clinical outcomes of the patients during the first official quarantine period applied to control the Coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) in Turkey.

Materials and Methods:

With the start of quarantine, in our center, we started doing the patient visits by phone. At the end of the quarantine, the patients were asked to complete a questionnaire in order to reveal whether they felt safe or alone, their anxiety status, and their preferred method of communicating with the team. In addition, volume status, biochemical parameters, blood pressure and medications in December 2019 were reviewed and compared with those in June 2020.


A total of 60 patients, 32 of whom were female, with a mean age of 53.4±16 years were included in the study. While there were 24 (40%) patients who underwent remote controlled outpatient peritoneal dialysis (RK-APD), there were 36 (60%) patients who underwent continuous APD (CAPD). According to the survey results, 15 (25%) patients did not experience any anxiety, while 45 patients stated that they had varying degrees of anxiety. 85% of the patients reported that they were very pleased that they could continue their dialysis treatment at home. While 69.4% of the patients who underwent CAPD were worried that they could not be followed as closely during the quarantine, 70.8% of the patients who underwent RK-APD stated that they felt safe because their treatment was monitored by the team through the system. While there was only an increase in the daily amount of ultrafiltration in RK-APD patients (December 2019 and June 2020; 1,365 vs 1,514 mL, p=0.026), no difference was observed in CAPD patients. CAPD patients tended to communicate with nurses more frequently. While these interviews were done frequently via WhatsApp messages in CAPD patients (20, 37% vs 5, 18.5%; p=0.008), they were in the form of audio phone calls (22, 81%) in APD patients.


In conclusion, during the COVID-19 outbreak, maintaining dialysis with PD treatment at home, regardless of the modality, is a safe and effective method and has positive effects on patient satisfaction.

Keywords: Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis, Automated Peritoneal Dialysis, COVID-19, Telemedicine

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