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Peritoneal dialysis: older patients report better quality of life than younger
  1. Edwina Brown
  1. Imperial College Renal and Transplant Centre, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Edwina Brown, Imperial College Renal and Transplant Centre, Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12 0HS, UK; e.a.brown{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Older patients should have information and support to enable choice of home-based dialysis rather than hospital-based haemodialysis (HD).

  • Quality of life (QOL) of older patients and use of healthcare resources on peritoneal dialysis (PD) need to be compared to those on hospital HD.


The numbers of older patients requiring dialysis are increasing worldwide. In almost all healthcare systems, the default pathway for these patients is hospital HD, despite the haemodynamic swings that result in long recovery times and the need for transport …

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