Table 2.

Patient characteristics at cohort exit for all individuals commencing home hemodialysis training between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2014

VariableAllPositive DispositionaNegative DispositionbP Value
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Comorbidities at cohort exit, %
 Diabetes4123 (38)18 (53)0.17
 Hypertension7148 (80)23 (68)0.18
 Cardiovascular disease3922 (37)17 (50)0.21
 Malignancy2312 (20)11 (32)0.18
Vascular access at cohort exit, %0.30
 AVF/AVG5940 (67)14 (56)
 CVC3520 (33)15 (44)
Level of dependence at cohort exit, %0.11
 Independent5942 (70)17 (50)0.05
 Dependent2313 (22)10 (29)0.40
 Shared125 (8)7 (21)0.09
Home HD prescription at cohort exit,c %0.02
 Conventional4623 (38)23 (68)<0.01
 Frequent conventional1914 (23)5 (15)0.32
 Long2923 (38)6 (18)0.04
  • AVF, arteriovenous fistula; AVG, arteriovenous graft; CVC, tunneled cuffed central venous catheter; HD, hemodialysis.

  • a Positive disposition includes patient exits for transplantation and patients remaining on home HD at cohort end date.

  • b Negative disposition is patient exits from death or modality conversion.

  • c Conventional: three to four treatments per week, <5 hours. Frequent conventional: five to seven treatments per week, <5 hours. Long: three to seven treatments per week, >5 hours.