Investigating how hemodialysis and the related transport needs impact patients

This project explores the impact on patients and their families associated with the frequent travel to a facility for hemodialysis. The focus will be set on the economic aspects of travel and the social impact.



Patients with chronic kidney disease undergoing hemodialysis and their families feel burdened by its physical, psychological, social, and financial impact. This project focusses on transport costs from home to centre-based hemodialysis. This financial burden can be significant, but has hardly been studied.

Course of action

This study uses a mixed methods design. Based on interviews a national survey is developed. A participatory approach ensures that patients, their families as well as health care professionals are involved in the development.

This project contributes to the following SDGs

  • 3: Good health and well-being