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Trends in Arteriovenous Fistula Use at Dialysis Initiation After Automated eGFR Reporting



Trends in Arteriovenous Fistula Use at Dialysis Initiation After Automated eGFR Reporting



Seminars in Dialysis 28(4): 439-445



The purpose of this study was to examine trends in the presence of an arteriovenous fistula (AVF) at dialysis initiation before and after eGFR reporting. All incident dialysis patients from four Canadian provinces that implemented province-wide, automated laboratory reporting of eGFR with known vascular access at dialysis initiation were included in the study (N = 25,201) from 2001 to 2010. The primary outcome was the change in proportion of patients with an AVF at dialysis initiation using an interrupted time series and adjusted multilevel logistic regression models. AVF usage at dialysis initiation decreased gradually over the study period from 19.0% to 14.6%. After implementation of automated eGFR reporting, there was attenuation in the decline in AVF usage in models adjusted for case-mix, facility, and the downward trajectory in AVF use over time. The adjusted odds ratio for initiating dialysis with an AVF 1 year post-eGFR reporting compared to pre-eGFR reporting was more pronounced in older patients (age tertile >73; OR: 1.40; 95% CI: 1.04-1.90). Laboratory-based eGFR reporting was associated with a possible attenuation in the decline of AVF at dialysis initiation and this was more pronounced in older patients.

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PMID: 25583047

DOI: 10.1111/sdi.12344



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