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Perit Dial Int. 2002 Mar-Apr;22(2):249-57.

What factors contribute to differences in the practice of peritoneal dialysis between Asian countries and the West?

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  • 1Department of Medicine, Tung Wah Hospital, Hong Kong. wkloc@hkucc.hku.hk


To study variations in the practice of peritoneal dialysis within Asia and between Asia and the West, relevant information was collected through questionnaires from nephrologists in several Asian countries and by a literature search. Data indicate that economy significantly affects dialysis treatment rates. Peritoneal dialysis was often underutilized. The effect of Kt/V on survival was less obvious compared to the West in countries where peritoneal dialysis patient survival rates were high. More cost-effective dialysis regimes should be developed to increase dialysis treatment rates.

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