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Chronic dialysis for kidney disease patients now started substantially earlier
Date:10/12/2011

th data contain information on the rate of loss of kidney function prior to dialysis initiation not available in registry data.

O'Hare said the findings are also important in light of other recent research that found starting dialysis earlier did not improve a range of health outcomes. "Patients are starting chronic dialysis significantly earlier, but there is no real evidence that it is beneficial," she said.

Researchers said the findings call for more careful evaluation of current dialysis initiation practices in the U.S. "We really need to take a good critical look at what we're doing," said O'Hare. "Our study did not reveal the rationale for initiating chronic dialysis sooner, nor did it provide details on circumstances, signs and symptoms that might have prompted dialysis initiation . It's an open question as to why this is happening, but these findings provide a rationale for more detailed study to better understand practices and what's driving this trend."


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