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    ABSTRACT: Abnormal mineral metabolism is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in dialysis patients. Therefore, the goal of this study was to compare a) mineral metabolism control among a cohort of Canadian peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients to K/DOQI-defined targets and b) the effect of different treatment strategies on mineral metabolism parameters. We looked at a cohort of 317 Canadian PD patients from 9 clinics that used the PhotoGraphâ„¢ software program which tracks mineral metabolism management. Serum phosphorus (P), calcium (Ca) and intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) values were collected for the patients. Data were categorized and analyzed by the type of phosphate binder prescribed, vitamin D use, and dosing and reimbursement criteria for the phosphate binder, sevelamer. The majority of patients achieved K/DOQI-set targets for serum P. Patients who resided in Quebec (QC), which had greater access to sevelamer, had lower mean concentrations of P and Ca, were less likely to take Ca-based phosphate binders (CBBs) exclusively and were exposed to less exogenous Ca than in Ontario (ON). Availability of the phosphate binder sevelamer and reduced doses of elemental Ca were associated with more mineral metabolism parameters within suggested target ranges. Further studies that focus on patient outcomes are warranted.
    Clinical nephrology 05/2011; 75(5):410-5. · 1.29 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Abnormalities in mineral metabolism in chronic kidney disease are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (K/DOQI) clinical practice guidelines were established in 2003 to address issues in the management of mineral and bone metabolism. The goal of this study was to compare (i) mineral metabolism control among Canadian haemodialysis (HD) patients with K/DOQI-defined targets and Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study II (DOPPS II) data and (ii) the effect of different treatment strategies. A cross-sectional study of 2215 HD patients was conducted. Phosphorus (P), calcium (Ca), intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH) and calcium-phosphate product (CaXP) were analysed. In addition, management was compared between provinces with more or less restricted access to the phosphate binder sevelamer. K/DOQI targets for P, Ca, iPTH and CaXP K/DOQI targets were met by 59.7%, 58.6%, 29.7% and 83.3%, respectively. A greater proportion of patients were within target compared with those in DOPPS II (2002-2004). Targets were more likely to be reached by patients residing in provinces with formularies allowing less restricted access to sevelamer: P: 61.8% vs 55.7% (P = 0.01); CaXP: 85.5% vs 79.1% (P = 0.0006). As expected, patients in provinces with more restrictive formularies were more often receiving doses of elemental calcium > 1.5 g/day than those with more open listings (62.1% vs 14.0%, P < 0.0001) and were less likely to receive sevelamer (14.1% vs 42.4%, P = 0.0001). Mineral metabolism parameters were more frequently within the target range amongst (i) patients in the current study compared with those in the DOPPS II era and (ii) patients in provinces with less restricted access to sevelamer.
    Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation 01/2011; 26(1):156-63. · 3.37 Impact Factor
  • Value in Health 01/2009; 12(3). · 2.19 Impact Factor