Table 1.

Baseline characteristics for patients enrolled in RightStart compared to non-RightStart patients matched by age, gender, cause of ESRD, and facility (control group)

RightStart GroupControl GroupP Value
N43084308
Age (yr)62.8 (0.2)63.1 (0.2)0.38
Gender (% male)56.1 (0.5)56.5 (0.5)0.71
Diabetic (%)58.7 (0.5)53.6 (0.5)<0.0002
Race
    Black (%)34.4 (0.5)34.2 (0.5)
    Other (%)6.6 (0.3)9.5 (0.3)
    White (%)59.0 (0.5)56.3 (0.5)<0.0001
Access at dialysis initiation
    AVF (%)18.2 (0.4)15.5 (0.3)
    Catheter (%)72.2 (0.4)60.5 (0.5)
    Graft (%)6.1 (0.2)8.8 (0.3)
    Unknown (%)3.5 (0.1)15.3 (0.3)<0.0001
Hemoglobin (g/dl)10.3 (0.02)10.4 (0.02)<0.0001
Transferrin saturation (%)20 (0.1)20 (0.1)0.69
Albumin (g/dl)3.5 (0.008)3.4 (0.008)0.62
Phosphorus (mg/dl)4.8 (0.02)4.9 (0.02)0.0002
eKt/V1.26 (0.006)1.28 (0.006)0.09
  • Values are mean (SE).

  • Baseline laboratory values established on the first blood draw after the initiation of dialysis; baseline eKt/V was measured after the first three treatments.