A prospective pilot study to measure changes in functional status associated with hospitalization in elderly dialysis-dependent patients.

BACKGROUND Older dialysis patients have a high burden of mortality and morbidity. Frailty and functional disability are common. One of the main determinants of functional disability in nondialysis populations is acute hospitalization. Such episodes are predictive of increased mortality and a future need for long-term care. Based on the high prevalence of… CONTINUE READING