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A multi-centre observational study of how financial considerations influence dialysis treatment decisions


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Chow, JSF, Equinox, KL, Frasca, S, Simmonds, R, Tomlins, M and Collingridge, L 2017 , 'A multi-centre observational study of how financial considerations influence dialysis treatment decisions' , Renal Society of Australasia Journal, vol. 13, no. 3 , pp. 90-96 .

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Introduction:Little is known about the factors that contribute to the successful uptake of home dialysis, although increased utilitycosts have been identified as one possible factor affecting the decision to take up home dialysis. This paper reports onquantitative survey data collected during an Australian multi-centre observational study that aimed to identify factorsthat either facilitate or inhibit the uptake of home dialysis from patients’ perspectives.Method:This paper provides a quantitative analysis of survey responses that dealt with the question of how cost is experiencedby those on dialysis, whether home or hospital. 138 participants were recruited from five dialysis centres. All formsof dialysis treatment were included. The survey was purposely designed to gain insight into how home dialysis isperceived and/or experienced. Survey responses were counted, ranked and summarised.Result:Quantitative measures reported in this paper identify obstacles and facilitators to home dialysis. While costs were aconcern for some home dialysis patients, cost alone did not explain treatment decisions. Support and medical advicewere reported as more common factors affecting treatment decisions.Discussion & Conclusion:The quantitative analysis of results shown in this paper indicates that cost does not determine treatment decisions forthese dialysis patients in Australia. This finding lends support to at least maintaining the financial support offered toAustralian patients as they prepare for home dialysis. Ongoing costs were documented and the results shown hereprovide justification for additional assistance in the form of payouts to dialysis patients on low incomes.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Chow, JSF and Equinox, KL and Frasca, S and Simmonds, R and Tomlins, M and Collingridge, L
Keywords: home dialysis, treatment decision, peritoneal dialysis, financial
Journal or Publication Title: Renal Society of Australasia Journal
Publisher: Renal Society of Australasia
ISSN: 1832-3804
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Copyright 2017 Renal Society of Australasia

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