Table 3.

Adjusted mean (SE) health status, quality-of-life, and dialysis care scores by vascular access categorya

QOL VariablesFF(n = 154)GG(n = 326)CF(n = 145)CG(n = 445)CC(n = 493)
Health status
    physical function42.636.638.738.335.1
    role limitation, emotional50.247.545.244.548.6
    bodily pain60.758.254.758.253.5
    general health perceptions42.2b39.037.737.835.3
    emotional well-being70.1b65.462.363.263.3
    role limitation, physical24.720.721.618.218.1
    social functioning64.5c57.653.749.552.2
    vitality46.1c42.5b40.737.636.8
Physical Component Summary33.0b31.131.131.430.0
Mental Component Summary47.745.844.343.444.4
Quality of life
    symptoms/problems75.2c70.967.771.368.4
    effects of daily life66.8c58.156.656.354.8
    burden of kidney disease48.7c45.8c37.138.035.9
    social support satisfaction70.868.172.966.368.7
    cognitive function81.875.872.375.675.6
    sleep64.4b61.158.458.155.5
    sexual function55.660.751.359.154.6
Dialysis care
    patient satisfaction79.279.172.7c75.8c81.4
    staff encouragement84.683.881.180.479.4
  • a FF, patients who had an AVF from dialysis start; GG, patients who had an AVG from dialysis start; CF, patients who had a CVC at first dialysis and an AVF at 60 d; CG, patients who had a CVC at first dialysis and an AVG at 60 d; CC, patients who had a CVC from dialysis start.

  • b P < 0.05; significantly different from the reference category CC.

  • c P < 0.005; significantly different from the reference category CC.