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

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified April 2010 by Fresenius Medical Care North America.
Recruitment status was:  Enrolling by invitation
First Posted : November 20, 2009
Last Update Posted : April 2, 2010
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Fresenius Medical Care North America

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Anemia Mortality Other: Early anemia diagnosis and treatment Other: No change from normal routine Not Applicable

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.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 1500 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (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
Study Start Date : November 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date : November 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date : December 2010

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MedlinePlus related topics: Anemia

Arm Intervention/treatment
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

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. 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 :
  1. 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 ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
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 (NCT number): NCT01017627

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Denver Central
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80209
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 32246
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Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60616
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Breaux Bridge
Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, United States, 70517
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Methuen, Massachusetts, United States, 01844
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Lansing, Michigan, United States, 48911
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Saginaw, Michigan, United States, 48602
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Eupora, Mississippi, United States, 39744
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Oxford, Mississippi, United States, 38655
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Independence, Missouri, United States, 64057
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Desert Inn
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 89109
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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 89120
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Briggs Ave
Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27703
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Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27704
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Boardman, Ohio, United States, 44512
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North Randall, Ohio, United States, 44128
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Beaverton, Oregon, United States, 97006
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Fort Worth, Texas, United States, 76119
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Waco, Texas, United States, 76708
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Waco, Texas, United States, 76712
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fresenius Medical Care North America
Principal Investigator: Raymond Hakim, M.D., Ph.D. Fresenius Medical Services

Responsible Party: Raymond Hakim, M.D., Ph.D., Fresenius Medical Care North America Identifier: NCT01017627     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 20090068
First Posted: November 20, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 2, 2010
Last Verified: April 2010

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Kidney Failure, Chronic
Hematologic Diseases
Renal Insufficiency, Chronic
Renal Insufficiency
Kidney Diseases
Urologic Diseases