Table 1.

Characteristics of patients who used peritoneal dialysis as initial dialysis modality between June of 2010 and June of 2011 and switched to hemodialysis in the following year

Total patients1165100
Age, yr
Full-time employment807
Cardiovascular disease53746
Prior peritonitis56048
  • Note that 4398 adult patients on dialysis initiating peritoneal dialysis therapy between June 1, 2010 and June 1, 2011 were identified. Patients with incomplete data were excluded (n=36). The remaining 4362 patients were followed for 1 year to determine switch to hemodialysis (n=1165), continued peritoneal dialysis use throughout the year or received a kidney transplant (n=2624), a gap in dialysis services defined as no data in the US Renal Data System for >90 days (n=163), or death (n=410). Younger age, men, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease were each associated with a higher likelihood of switching from peritoneal dialysis to hemodialysis (P<0.05). COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.