Date of Award


Document Type



College of Arts and Sciences

Degree Program

Human Nutrition

Degree Name

Master of Science

Thesis Advisor

Hope Lima

Committee Member

Duha Hamed

Committee Member

Joshua McDonald


Qualitative research, Cardiovascular disease, Chronic kidney disease, Mineral and bone disorders, Hemodialysis


Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is currently the ninth leading cause of death in the United States, and despite the favorable outcomes reported in previous studies, mortality rates for CKD have yet to show improvement. The purpose of this study was distinguish between the different strategies used to treat CKD as perceived by renal practitioners. It is hypothesized that the lack of improvement in mortality rates may be attributed to the lack of cardiovascular protection.