Table 1.

Characteristics of patients aged 35 to 84 yr starting RRT in Australia, 1971 through 2006a

CharacteristicANNon-ANP
n (%)3231 (10.2)28423 (89.8)
Female (%)8438<0.001
Age (yr; mean [SD])59.9 (10.3)58.7 (12.5)<0.001
Indigenous (%)0.87.7<0.001
Era of RRT start (%)
    1971 through 197593
    1976 through 1980155
    1981 through 1985176
    1986 through 19901610<0.001
    1991 through 19951715
    1996 through 20001423
    2001 through 20061338
Comorbidities at RRT startb
    diabetes (%)1138<0.001
    coronary artery (%)c5134<0.001
    cerebrovascular (%)c2013<0.001
    peripheral vascular (%)c3118<0.001
    chronic lung (%)c2616<0.001
    current/ex-smokers (%)c5154<0.001
History of cancer at RRT start
    transitional cell (%)5.51.1<0.001
    other nonskin cancers (%)5.97.9<0.001
  • a AN, analgesic nephropathy; RRT, renal replacement therapy.

  • b Patients who started RRT from April 1, 1991 only.

  • c Patients without diabetes only.