Women Less Likely to Have AVFs at Dialysis Initiation

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Studies have shown gender disparities in care for many chronic diseases, and ESRD is no exception.

Studies from the early 2000s suggested that women had lower rates of hemodialysis initiation using an arteriovenous fistula (AVF), the preferred hemodialysis vascular access. A recent study in Hemodialysis International analyzed gender-related differences in AVF use at dialysis initiation, including variations between ESRD regional networks.

Mariana Markell, MD, and colleagues of SUNY Downstate School of Medicine, Brooklyn, analyzed US Renal Data System data on 202,999 patients initiating hemodialysis between 2006 and 2009. The analysis was limited to 187,577 patients who received predialysis