Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Bansal: We pursued this study to develop a prediction equation for death among elderly patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD), a high-risk patient population that is often difficult to manage given competing risks of end stage renal disease (ESRD) vs. death. In this paper, we developed and validated a simple prediction equation using variables that are readily available to all clinicians.
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Bansal: We hope that our prediction equation will prompt clinicians to consider risk of death in the care of the elderly patient with chronic kidney disease.
Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Bansal: Future research is needed to determine the clinical utility of our equation as well as perhaps consider other functional variables that may also predict death among elderly patients with chronic kidney disease.
MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Nisha Bansal MD MAS Assistant Professor (2015). Equation Helps Predict Mortality In Elderly Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease