Equation Helps Predict Mortality In Elderly Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease

Nisha Bansal MD MAS Assistant Professor Associate Program Director for Research Kidney Research Institute Division of Nephrology University of WashingtonMedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Nisha Bansal MD MAS
Assistant Professor
Associate Program Director for Research
Kidney Research Institute Division of Nephrology
University of Washington

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.

Citation:

Nisha Bansal, Ronit Katz, Ian H. De Boer, Carmen A. Peralta, Linda F. Fried, David S. Siscovick, Dena E. Rifkin, Calvin Hirsch, Steven R. Cummings, Tamara B. Harris, Stephen B. Kritchevsky, Mark J. Sarnak, Michael G. Shlipak, and Joachim H. Ix

Development and Validation of a Model to Predict 5-Year Risk of Death without ESRD among Older Adults with CKD CJASN CJN.04650514; published ahead of print February 20, 2015, doi:10.2215/CJN.04650514

MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Nisha Bansal MD MAS Assistant Professor (2015). Equation Helps Predict Mortality In Elderly Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease