Cognitive and Functional Status and Dialysis Outcomes in Older Hemodialysis Patients
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The purpose of this study is to estimate how quickly cognitive status and functional status in older patients on hemodialysis declines.
Condition or disease
DementiaCognitionEnd-stage Renal Disease
Dialysis outcome measures, which predict morbidity and mortality of younger patients on renal replacement therapy, such as dialysis clearance, do not correlate with survival of the elderly patients on hemodialysis. Survival of older patients on hemodialysis is significantly worse when compared to that of the younger patients. Conditions commonly affecting older adults, such as functional decline, cognitive impairment, depression and declining quality of life have not been well studied in hemodialysis population. There may be an important relationship between these measurements and outcomes in older dialysis patients. Institution of appropriate age-specific interventions could result in improved health status and mortality of older patients on hemodialysis. Our broad objective is to better understand global functioning of the elderly dialysis patients and its possible impact on dialysis outcomes in attempt to improve health care of the older patients receiving hemodialysis.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
60 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
All prevalent and incident hemodialysis patients over the age of 60, receiving hemodialysis treatments at the University of Chicago outpatient dialysis program at the time of the study will be invited to participate.
Prevalent and incident hemodialysis patients over the age of 60, receiving hemodialysis treatments at the University of Chicago outpatient dialysis program.
Patients 59 and younger, and patients with the following medical conditions: malignancies currently requiring chemotherapy or radiation therapy, severe heart failure (NYHA class IV), known HIV infection, or currently active hepatic encephalopathy.