Call us: (877) 283-7882 | Monday–Friday: 8:00 AM–4:30 PM ET

Private MD News

Home | News | Kidney Diseases

Low-income kidney patients receive less pre-dialysis care

Category: Kidney Diseases

Low-income individuals who are at risk for renal disease may benefit from kidney testing before they start to notice symptoms. A new study has found that socio-economic factors impact the care a kidney patient receives before they are forced to start dialysis treatments.

Researchers from Emory University examined the medical records of 28,135 patients being treated for dialysis. Experts recommend that, before starting dialysis, kidney patients receive an arteriovenous fistula (AF), which creates a permanent connection in the arm through which blood can be removed and returned during dialysis.

However, researchers found that patients living in low-income areas were significantly less likely to receive an AF before starting dialysis.

"The community where a treatment center resides may contribute to variations in pre-dialysis care," said William McClellan, who led the study. "This observation provides support for developing ways to improve quality of care in these poorly performing communities and raises questions as to why poverty plays a role in pre-dialysis care."

He speculated that residents of low-income areas may not have as much knowledge about pre-dialysis care options.

Related Articles from Private MD:

Share on Facebook

Subscribe to Private MD Health News RSS Feed: Subscribe

News Categories:

Advanced Lipid Treatment I   Allergy Testing   Anemia and RBC disorders   Autoimmune Diseases   Bariatric Lab Testing   Blood and Blood Diseases   Breast   Cancer Detection and Tumor Markers   Celiac Disease Testing   Chlamydia   Coagulation and blood clotting disorders   Colon   Diabetes   DNA, Paternity and Genetic testing   Drug Screening   Environmental Toxin Testing   Female Specific Tests   Gastrointestinal Diseases   General Health   General Wellness   Heart Health and Cholesterol   Herpes   HIV   HIV monitoring/Treatment/Testing/Post Diagnos   Hormones and Metabolism   Infectious Diseases   Infertility Testing-Male   Infertitlity Hormone Testing   Kidney Diseases   Leukemia and WBC disorders   Liver   Liver Diseases   Lyme Disease   Male Specific Tests   Menopause/Peri-Menopausal Diagnosis   Musculoskeletal Diseases   Nicotine Screening   Organ Specific Testing   Ovarian   Prostate   Sexually Transmitted Diseases   Thyroid Diseases   Transgender Hormone Testing-female to male   Transgender Hormone Testing-Male to Female   Vitamin D Deficiency-Diagnosis and Treatment   

Visit the Health News Archive: Click Here

Questions about online blood testing or how to order a lab test? Click here to get started or call us toll-free at 1.877.283.7882. Our professionals are ready to assist you.

Back to top