The Brits are doing something right in home HD
Among 166 home HD patients in Manchester, UK (chosen with "liberal selection criteria"), the drop-out rate was far smaller than we tend to see in the US. In 8 years, just 24 patients switched to a different option. Technique survival at home was 98.4% at 1 year, 95.4% at 2 years, and 88.9% at 5 years, excluding death and transplant. Patients older than 60, those with diabetes or heart failure, and those with more comorbidities were more likely to stop doing home HD. The technical error rate was just 0.7% per year.
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