In this cohort of 3702 nursing home patients who initiated dialysis, 58% had died by 1 year, and only 13% had maintained their pre-dialysis level of function. Although this study did not have a control group, it is still valuable in it’s assessment of the grim prognosis of nursing home patients at the time of initiation of dialysis (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.