Survival Rates Are Improving for US Patients with Kidney Failure

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Individuals with end stage renal disease (ESRD) have a very high risk of premature death, but a new analysis indicates that their excess risk of all-cause mortality—over and above the risk in the general population—decreased significantly between 1995 and 2013 in the United States. The findings, which come from a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, are encouraging and suggest that efforts to improve care for patients with kidney failure have resulted in improved survival.

Although registry data indicate that survival of patients with ESRD has improved in

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