Journal Article

Peritoneal dialysis in the elderly—is its underutilization justified?

Vladimir Tesar

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation

Published on behalf of European Renal Association - European Dialysis and Transplant Assoc

Volume 25, issue 11, pages 3473-3476
Published in print November 2010 | ISSN: 0931-0509
Published online September 2010 | e-ISSN: 1460-2385 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ndt/gfq562
Peritoneal dialysis in the elderly—is its underutilization justified?

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Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is underused as a dialysis modality in the elderly population. This is partly due to insufficient information about whether PD confers similar outcomes and quality of life as other modalities. In the BOLDE cross-sectional study, the authors compared different aspects of quality of life (cognitive function, index of deprivation and illness intrusiveness) in matched patients older than 65 years of age treated by PD or haemodialysis. Quality of life was similar (and possibly somewhat better) in patients on PD. These data justify efforts to increase the utilization of PD in older subjects.

Keywords: cognitive function; elderly; illness intrusiveness; peritoneal dialysis; quality of life

Journal Article.  2624 words. 

Subjects: Nephrology

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