Late referral for dialysis: improving the management of chronic renal disease.

@article{Roderick2002LateRF,
  title={Late referral for dialysis: improving the management of chronic renal disease.},
  author={Paul J Roderick and Chris Jones and Charlie R V Tomson and Juan Mason},
  journal={QJM : monthly journal of the Association of Physicians},
  year={2002},
  volume={95 6},
  pages={363-70}
}
BACKGROUND Timely nephrological referral of patients with chronic renal failure (CRF) is important, but referral at a late stage of disease is common. AIM To investigate whether late referral of patients is avoidable, and where the missed opportunities lie. DESIGN Prospective ascertainment of new cases and comprehensive review of pre-end stage history. METHODS Patients admitted to Bristol and Portsmouth renal units for chronic RRT between June 1997 and May 1998 were identified from… CONTINUE READING
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