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New Risk Tool Helps Predict Short-Term Mortality in Elderly who Start Dialysis

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A clinical risk prediction tool based on readily available data performs well in identifying older adults at high risk of death within 6 months after dialysis initiation, reports a study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

It is generally accepted that older adults are at increased risk of death and other adverse outcomes in the months after starting dialysis. The investigators wanted to investigate whether a clinical risk prediction tool that takes into account the characteristics of older adults with kidney failure might help to inform the decision to initiate maintenance dialysis.

Using renal registry data from