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Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the kidney community: lessons learned and future directions

Geetha, Duvuru; Kronbichler, Andreas; Rutter, Megan; Bajpai, Divya; Menez, Steven; Weissenbacher, Annemarie; Anand, Shuchi; Lin, Eugene; Carlson, Nicholas; Sozio, Stephen; Fowler, Kevin; Bignall, Ray; Ducharlet, Kathryn; Tannor, Elliot K.; Wijewickrama, Eranga; Hafiz, Muhammad I. A.; Tesar, Vladimir; Hoover, Robert; Crews, Deidra; Varnell, Charles; Danziger-Isakov, Lara; Jha, Vivekanand; Mohan, Sumit; Parikh, Chirag; Luyckx, Valerie


Duvuru Geetha

Andreas Kronbichler

Megan Rutter

Divya Bajpai

Steven Menez

Annemarie Weissenbacher

Shuchi Anand

Eugene Lin

Nicholas Carlson

Stephen Sozio

Kevin Fowler

Ray Bignall

Kathryn Ducharlet

Elliot K. Tannor

Eranga Wijewickrama

Muhammad I. A. Hafiz

Vladimir Tesar

Robert Hoover

Deidra Crews

Charles Varnell

Lara Danziger-Isakov

Vivekanand Jha

Sumit Mohan

Chirag Parikh

Valerie Luyckx


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has disproportionately affected patients with kidney disease, causing significant challenges in disease management, kidney research and trainee education. For patients, increased infection risk and disease severity, often complicated by acute kidney injury, have contributed to high mortality. Clinicians were faced with high clinical demands, resource shortages and novel ethical dilemmas in providing patient care. In this review, we address the impact of COVID-19 on the entire spectrum of kidney care, including acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, dialysis and transplantation, trainee education, disparities in health care, changes in health care policies, moral distress and the patient perspective. Based on current evidence, we provide a framework for the management and support of patients with kidney disease, infection mitigation strategies, resource allocation and support systems for the nephrology workforce.


Geetha, D., Kronbichler, A., Rutter, M., Bajpai, D., Menez, S., Weissenbacher, A., …Luyckx, V. (2022). Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the kidney community: lessons learned and future directions. Nature Reviews Nephrology,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 5, 2022
Online Publication Date Aug 24, 2022
Publication Date Aug 24, 2022
Deposit Date Sep 6, 2022
Publicly Available Date Feb 25, 2023
Journal Nature Reviews Nephrology
Print ISSN 1759-5061
Electronic ISSN 1759-507X
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Nephrology
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