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Impact of Adherence to Anemia Management Policy on Repeat Hospitalization in End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified April 2010 by Fresenius Medical Care North America.
Recruitment status was:  Enrolling by invitation
Information provided by:
Fresenius Medical Care North America Identifier:
First received: November 18, 2009
Last updated: April 1, 2010
Last verified: April 2010
The investigators hypothesize that the post-hospitalized patient status is characterized by subacute and reversible metabolic and hematological changes that, if addressed and treated in a timely manner, would result in a reduced risk for repeat hospitalization. Consequently, a structured quality improvement program, focused on increasing adherence to company wide anemia management policies (ie hemoglobin monitoring within the first 3-5 days post-hospitalization, followed by an appropriate EPO dose modification within the 7 days post-hospitalization), will significantly decrease the risk of hospital re-admission in the 30 days after discharge.

Condition Intervention
Other: Early anemia diagnosis and treatment
Other: No change from normal routine

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Case Controlled Study to Determine the Impact of Adherence to Anemia Management Policy on Repeat Hospitalization in ESRD

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Further study details as provided by Fresenius Medical Care North America:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • composite of death or repeat hospitalization within the 30 days after discharge from a previous hospitalization [ Time Frame: one year to accumulate 1500 hospitalizations ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • hemoglobin, transferrin saturation, albumin, white blood cell count, and C-reactive protein* levels measured in the period following hospitalization and change relative to values measured prior to hospitalization (where available). [ Time Frame: one year to accumulate 1500 hospitalizations ]

Estimated Enrollment: 1500
Study Start Date: November 2009
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2010
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Early anemia management
Upon return to the dialysis unit following hospitalization, patients will be immediately identified and have immediate implementation of the unit anemia protocol rather than waiting for the next regularly scheduled unit labs and regular follow-up. Thus, labs will be obtained within the first 3-7 days following hospitalization and appropriate titration of Epo and iron medications within the 7 days after discharge from hospital and under the direction of the pre-specified algorithm used in the patient's facility; all drug dosing will comply with package insert instructions
Other: Early anemia diagnosis and treatment
Patients returning to the unit are immediately assessed and treated for anemia
case control
Each case will be "data-matched" to an intra-facility (primary control), and then an inter-facility (validation control) control patient. Matching criteria will be by age, gender, diabetic status, attending nephrologist, length of hospitalization stay, and hospital discharge date (to minimize the difference in the date between the case and control). These patients did not have early intervention but followed the usual practice of waiting for the next regularly scheduled dialysis unit labs with anemia management to follow using the regular unit algorithm.
Other: No change from normal routine
Normal unit policy for labs and anemia treatment

Detailed Description:

The post-hospitalization quality improvement project will be piloted across 30 Fresenius clinics. Targeted enrollment of 1500 episodes of hospitalization in which the patient returns after discharge to resume outpatient dialysis.

Patient outcomes will be followed for up to 30 days from the time of discharge from hospital.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age ≥ 18
  • resumption of routine outpatient chronic hemodialysis within three days of discharge from hospital admission
  • enrolled in a facility-based anemia management program

Exclusion Criteria:

  • enrolled in hospice
  • previous hospitalization within the past 30 days (ie. patients discharged from a repeat hospitalization)
  • anticipated discharge from the outpatient dialysis facility within 30 days (ie anticipated transfer to another facility or hospice)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01017627

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Fresenius Medical Care North America
Principal Investigator: Raymond Hakim, M.D., Ph.D. Fresenius Medical Services
  More Information

Responsible Party: Raymond Hakim, M.D., Ph.D., Fresenius Medical Care North America Identifier: NCT01017627     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 20090068
Study First Received: November 18, 2009
Last Updated: April 1, 2010

Keywords provided by Fresenius Medical Care North America:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Failure, Chronic
Hematologic Diseases
Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
Renal Insufficiency
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017