April 5, 2012

Factors influencing patient choice of dialysis versus conservative care to treat end-stage kidney disease

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This study surveyed patients with stage 3-5 CKD in Australia to assess factors which influence patients to choose dialysis versus conservative care.  Dialysis was more likely to be chosen if patients felt it increased life expectancy, would be given the choice of time to dialyze (evening rather than day only) or would receive subsidized transport.  Patients were less likely to choose dialysis if it involved increased hospital visits or decreased ability to travel.  These findings provides some guidance regarding patients’ needs when making decisions regarding dialysis intiation.

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