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Table 2 Dialysis-related health outcomes by intensity of predialysis nephrology care

From: Predialysis nephrology care and dialysis-related health outcomes among older adults initiating dialysis

Characteristic No visits Low intensitya Moderate intensitya High intensitya P-value
N = 26,798 N = 12,566 N = 7,690 N = 10,960
At Dialysis Initiation, %
 Very low eGFRc 10.1 7.3 6.9 7.0 <0.001
 Severe anemiad 28.5 27.7 24.3 19.4 <0.001
 Permanent vascular accessb 13.7 22.6 38.7 54.1 <0.001
  Fistula 7.8 13.6 23.0 33.9 <0.001
  Graft 3.7 6.5 13.5 17.7 <0.001
  Other (graft or fistula) 2.2 2.6 2.6 3.2 <0.001
 Peritoneal Dialysis 4.9 7.3 10.3 11.4 <0.001
At Dialysis Follow-up, %
 Mortality at 2 years 59.7 55.0 48.0 42.7 <0.001
 Kidney transplant at 2 years 0.4 0.6 1.0 1.5 <0.001
  1. aPatients were categorized by intensity of predialysis nephrology care: low intensity care (1–3 nephrology visits), moderate intensity care (4–6 nephrology visits), and high intensity care (>6 nephrology visits)
  2. bN = No Visits = 25,490; Low Intensity = 11,649; Moderate Intensity = 6,896; High Intensity = 9,708
  3. ceGFR ≤5 mL/min/1.73 m2
  4. dHemoglobin level <9 g/dL