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A multi-centre observational study of how financial considerations influence dialysis treatment decisions
Introduction: Little is known about the factors that contribute to the successful uptake of home dialysis, although increased utility costs have been identified as one possible factor affecting the decision to take up home dialysis. This paper reports on quantitative survey data collected during an Australian multi-centre observational study that aimed to identify factors that either facilitate or inhibit the uptake of home dialysis from patients’ perspectives.
Method: This paper provides a quantitative analysis of survey responses that dealt with the question of how cost is experienced by those on dialysis, whether home or hospital. 138 participants were recruited from five dialysis centres. All forms of dialysis treatment were included. The survey was purposely designed to gain insight into how home dialysis is perceived and/or experienced. Survey responses were counted, ranked and summarised.
Result: Quantitative measures reported in this paper identify obstacles and facilitators to home dialysis. While costs were a concern for some home dialysis patients, cost alone did not explain treatment decisions. Support and medical advice were reported as more common factors affecting treatment decisions.
Discussion & Conclusion: The quantitative analysis of results shown in this paper indicates that cost does not determine treatment decisions for these dialysis patients in Australia. This finding lends support to at least maintaining the financial support offered to Australian patients as they prepare for home dialysis. Ongoing costs were documented and the results shown here provide justification for additional assistance in the form of payouts to dialysis patients on low incomes.
Publication titleRenal Society of Australasia Journal
Department/SchoolSchool of Nursing
PublisherRenal Society of Australasia
Place of publicationAustralia
Rights statementCopyright 2017 Renal Society of Australasia