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Titolo Prevalence of co-morbidity in different European RRT populations and its effect on access to renal transplantation
Autore V.S. Stel, P.C. van Dijk, J.G. van Manen, F.W. Dekker, D. Ansell, F. Conte, R. Kramar, T. Leivestad, E. Vela, J.D. Briggs, K.J. Jager
Referenza Nephrol Dial Transplant (2005) 20: 2803-2811
Contenuto BACKGROUND: This study compared the prevalence of co-morbidity in patients starting renal replacement therapy (RRT) between European countries and further examined how co-morbidity affects access to transplantation. METHODS: In this ERA-EDTA registry special study, 17907 patients from Austria, Catalonia (Spain), Lombardy (Italy), Norway, and the UK (England/Wales) were included (1994-2001). Co-morbidity was recorded at the start of RRT. RESULTS: The prevalence of co-morbidity was: diabetes mellitus (DM) (primary renal disease and co-morbidity) 28%, ischaemic heart disease (IHD) 23%, peripheral vascular disease (PVD) 24%, cerebrovascular disease (CVD) 14% and malignancy 11%. With exception of malignancy, the prevalence of co-morbidity was highest in Austria, but differences were small among other countries. With exception of DM, males suffered more often from co-morbidity than females. In general, the percentage of haemodialysis was higher in patients with co-morbidity, but treatment modality differed substantially between countries. Using a Cox regression with adjustment for demographics, country, year of start and other co-morbidities, the presence of each of the co-morbid conditions made it less likely [RR; 95%CI] to receive a transplant within 4 years: DM [0.79; 0.70-0.88], IHD [0.59; 0.50-0.70], PVD [0.57; 0.49-0.67], CVD [0.49; 0.39-0.61], and malignancy [0.32; 0.24-0.42]. The age, gender and year of start adjusted relative risk [95%CI] to receive a renal transplant within 4 years ranged from 0.23 [0.19-0.27] for Lombardy (Italy) to 3.86 [3.36-4.45] for Norway (Austria = reference). These international differences existed for patients with and without co-morbidity. CONCLUSIONS: The prevalence of co-morbidity was highest in Austria but differences were small among other countries. The access to a renal graft was most affected by the presence of malignancy and least affected by the presence of DM. International differences in access to transplantation were only partly due to co-morbid variability.
Data 23.11.2005
 
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