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Two main types of dialysis are available, haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. The main factors that determine what type of dialysis people with chronic kidney disease have are patient preferences about which treatment fits best within their lifestyle, availability of options within a service and clinical contraindications. Factors patients and carers may need to consider about peritoneal dialysis are: the ability to carry out dialysis themselves; the support services they need to carry out dialysis; integration of dialysis with work, school, hobbies, and social and family activities; opportunities to maintain social contacts; possible modifications to their home; the distance and time travelling to hospital; flexibility of daily treatment, diet and medication regimens; and possible changes to body image and physical activities because of dialysis access points.

NICE Clinical Guidelines - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (UK).

Version: July 2011

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