Table 2.

Risk of dialysis initiation at eGFR ≥10 ml/min per 1.73 m2 by veteran status, payer, and location of dialysis initiation

VariableUnadjusted Probability (95% CI)Difference in Unadjusted Probability (95% CI)Unadjusted RR (95% CI)Adjusted Probability (95% CI)aDifference in Adjusted Probability (95% CI)aAdjusted RR (95% CI)a
Veteran, initiated dialysis within VA0.34 (0.34 to 0.35)ReferenceReference0.31 (0.30 to 0.31)ReferenceReference
Veteran, initiated dialysis outside VA, paid for by VA0.43 (0.41 to 0.45)0.09 (0.07 to 0.10)1.25 (1.20 to 1.30)0.36 (0.35 to 0.38)0.06 (0.04 to 0.07)1.19 (1.13 to 1.24)
Veteran, initiated dialysis outside VA, not paid for by VA0.47 (0.47 to 0.48)0.13 (0.12 to 0.14)1.39 (1.36 to 1.42)0.40 (0.40 to 0.40)0.09 (0.09 to 0.10)1.30 (1.27 to 1.33)
Nonveteran0.38 (0.38 to 0.38)0.04 (0.03 to 0.04)1.10 (1.08 to 1.13)0.39 (0.39 to 0.39)0.08 (0.08 to 0.09)1.27 (1.24 to 1.30)
  • VA, Department of Veterans Affairs; 95% CI, 95% confidence interval; RR, relative risk.

  • a Adjusted for year, age, age2, sex, race, ethnicity, employment status, rurality, ESRD network, dialysis type, body mass index category, serum albumin, primary renal disease, and comorbid conditions (cardiac, stroke/transient ischemic attack, peripheral vascular disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, malignancy, smoking, alcohol abuse, illicit drug use, and inability to walk or transfer).