Choice of statistical models for assessing the clinical outcomes of the efforts to provide high quality care for the ESRD patient

  • Edward F. Vonesh
Part of the Developments in Nephrology book series (DINE, volume 39)


The role of quality assurance (QA) and continuous quality improvement (CQI) in the managed care of ESRD patients is closely linked with the ideas of evidence- based clinical practice and outcomes research. With concerns over rising costs in the treatment of ESRD patients, evidence-based clinical practice provides a mechanism whereby clinicians can choose a cost effective treatment or therapy for a group or subgroup of patients while optimizing select patient outcomes (e.g. improved patient survival, better quality of life, reduced patient hospitalization, etc.). This chapter provides some basic statistical principles, methods and models which clinicians can use in pursuit of evidence based clinical practice, quality assurance, CQI and/or outcomes research. Specific attention will be paid to the use of proper statistical methods for collecting, analyzing and summarizing patient-specific outcomes as they relate to a set of explanatory variables (i.e. independent variables or covariates).


Peritoneal Dialysis Hazard Rate ESRD Patient Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis Continuous Quality Improvement 
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