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January 4, 1995

New Campaign Aims to Cut Dialysis Patient Deaths

JAMA. 1995;273(1):10-11. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520250024005

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THE NATIONAL Kidney Foundation wants to cut the current 24% annual mortality rate among patients on chronic dialysis by at least one third and upgrade dialysis centers to improve overall patient care. The group is mounting a campaign directed at the physicians, patients, and government agencies involved.

The campaign, to be started this month, consists of accomplishing 35 different recommendations, the result of a 2-year study of dialysis units by the foundation. The recommendations are divided into four groups: dialysis center workforce needs, standards of care, issues involved in starting and stopping dialysis, and research and technology.

The recommendations, which have been classified high, medium, or low priority, include the following:

  • Establishment of standards of quality care, including setting a minimum standard of dialysis effectiveness to ensure that the patient is being adequately dialyzed.

  • Establishment of adequate workforce standards in dialysis units to ensure that there are enough properly qualifie

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