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Title: Does wealth make health? Cherchez la renal replacement therapy.
Authors: Sanchez-Niño, Maria D
Ortiz, Alberto
Issue Date: Feb-2017
Citation: Clin Kidney J.2017 Feb;(10)1:45-48
Abstract: In this issue of CKJ, McQuarrie et al. have explored the relationship between socioeconomic status and outcomes among Scottish patients with a renal biopsy diagnosis of primary glomerulonephritis. Patients in the lower socioeconomic category had a twofold higher risk of death. No significant differences were observed on progression to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) requiring renal replacement therapy (RRT), suggesting that overall medical management was appropriate for all socioeconomic categories. The findings are significant since they come from an ethnically homogeneous population with free access to healthcare; they also relate to a specific aetiology of chronic kidney disease (CKD) expected to be less dependent on unhealthy lifestyles than other more frequent aetiologies that dominate studies of CKD in general, such as diabetic or hypertensive nephropathy. A closer look at the data suggests that living in a high socioeconomic area is associated with lower mortality, rather than the other way round. Furthermore, the differences in mortality were most pronounced during the RRT stage of CKD, providing clues for further research. In this regard, Wilmink et al. and Nee et al. point to access to pre-ESRD nephrology care and to the best kidney transplantation options as modifiable factors to be studied in the realm of T3 translational research to improve CKD patient outcomes.
PMID: 28643820
Rights: openAccess
ISSN: 2048-8505
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