An epidemiological study of hemodialysis patients based on the european fresenius medical care hemodialysis network: Results of the ARO study

Angel L M De Francisco, Joseph Kim, Stefan D. Anker, Vasily Belozeroff, Bernard Canaud, Charles Chazot, Tilman B. Drüeke, Kai Uwe Eckardt, Jürgen Floege, Florian Kronenberg, Iain C. MacDougall, Daniele Marcelli, Bart Molemans, Jutta Passlick-Deetjen, Guntram Schernthaner, Peter Stenvinkel, David C. Wheeler, Bruno Fouqueray, Pedro Aljama

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Abstract

Background/Aims: ARO, an observational study of hemodialysis (HD) patients in Europe, aims to enhance our understanding of patient characteristics and practice patterns to improve patient outcome. Methods: HD patients (n = 8,963) from 134 Fresenius Medical Care facilities treated between 2005 and 2006 were randomly selected from 9 European countries (Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovak Republic and Slovenia) and Turkey. Information was captured on demographics, comorbidities, medications, laboratory and dialysis parameters, and outcome. Results: Patients were followed for 1.4 ± 0.7 years. Wide variation by country was observed for age, sex and diabetes as a cause of chronic kidney disease. Cardiovascular disease was present in 73% of patients. Dialysis parameters were homogeneous across countries. Arteriovenous fistulas were frequently used (73%). More incident patients had hemoglobin

Original languageEnglish
JournalNephron - Clinical Practice
Volume118
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

Keywords

  • Anemia
  • Epidemiology
  • Hemodialysis
  • Mineral disorders
  • Mortality, practice patterns

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nephrology

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