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Table 2 Baseline characteristics in 126 patients stratified by reached endpoint after follow-up

From: Self-rated health, quality of life and appetite as predictors of initiation of dialysis and mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease stages 4–5: a prospective cohort study

  Pre-dialyses patients
N = 76a
Dialyses patients
N = 21
Kidney transplanted
N = 16
Deceased patients
N = 13
Characteristics Median [IQR] Median [IQR] p valueb Median [IQR] p valuec Median [IQR] p valued
eGFR (mL/min/1.73 m2) 17 [8] 12 [4] < 0.001 11.5 [3] < 0.001 16 [6] 0.38
Serum albumin (g/L) 37 [6]5 34 [4] 0.03 38 [3] 0.9 36 [11] 0.31
CCI 3 [2] 4 [2] 0.02 2 [1] 0.73 4 [2] 0.06
Men, n (%) 44 (83) 16 (76) 0.13 14 (88) 0.03 9 (69) 0.44
Age, years 72 [17] 62 [15] 0.14 47 [16] < 0.001 81 [10] 0.31
Drugs pEr day 8 [69] 10 [5] 0.02 8 [5] 0.40 10 [8] 0.28
Erythropoietin, n (%) 26 (34) 14 (67) < 0.01 8 (50) 0.23 8 (24) 0.06
Phosphate binders, n (%) 17 (22) 10 (48) 0.03 6 (37) 0.21 4 (20) 0.51
Self-rated health N (%) N (%)   N (%)   N (%)  
Excellent/very good 19 (25) 2 (10)   4 (25)   1 (8)  
Good 38(50) 7 (33)   7 (44)   4 (31)  
Fair/poor 19(25) 12 (57) 0.02 5 (31) 0.65 8 (62) 0.03
Self-rated appetite
Excellent/very good 54 (71) 9(43)   9 (56)   6 (46)  
Good 19 (25) 11(52)   7 (44)   4 (31)  
Fair/poor 3 (4) 1 (5) 0.05 0.78 3 (23) 0.03
Quality of life
Very good 18 (24) 6 (29)   6 (38)   
Good 42 (55) 8 (38)   9 (56)   5(38)  
Low 16 (21) 7 (33) 0.34 1 (6) 0.05 8 (62) 0.01
  1. CCI Charlson Comorbidity Index
  2. a Patients still in pre-dialysis care
  3. b Difference between dialysis starters and pre-dialysis group
  4. c Difference between the transplanted and pre-dialysis group
  5. d Difference between deceased and pre-dialysis group
  6. e 1 missing