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Patients with learning difficulties: outcome on peritoneal dialysis.
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PMID:  16983953     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the present study, we identified patients who had difficulties learning the minimum knowledge and skills required to carry out peritoneal dialysis (PD), and we compared the outcomes in this subgroup of patients with outcomes in the general PD population. We calculated the mean learning sessions needed by our total PD population during the training period. We then assigned patients to one of two groups according to the number of learning sessions they needed. Patients who required a number of sessions equal to or less than the mean were placed in the "standard learning" group; patients who required more sessions but who reached the minimum knowledge and skills were placed in the "learning difficulties " group. We compared these two groups in terms of age, sex, diabetes status, autonomy to perform PD, family support, education level, residual renal function, and Charlson comorbidity index. Outcomes on PD included time to first peritonitis episode, peritonitis rate, percentage of patients free of peritonitis during follow-up, survival time on PD, and transfer to hemodialysis. Patients with learning difficulties were older and had more comorbidities. Outcomes on PD in the learning difficulties group were similar to those in the standard learning group, except for time to first peritonitis.
Mercè Borràs; Carol Sorolla; Dolores Carrera; Marisa Martín; Esther Villagrassa; Elvira Fernández
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in peritoneal dialysis. Conference on Peritoneal Dialysis     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1197-8554     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv Perit Dial     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-09-20     Completed Date:  2006-10-27     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9104803     Medline TA:  Adv Perit Dial     Country:  Canada    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  116-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Nephrology, Hospital Universitar Arnau de Vilanova, Lleida, Spain.
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MeSH Terms
Disease-Free Survival
Middle Aged
Patient Education as Topic*
Peritoneal Dialysis* / adverse effects
Peritonitis / etiology
Socioeconomic Factors
Treatment Outcome

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