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Medical Record Documentation of Goals-of-Care Discussions Among Older Veterans With Incident Kidney Failure.

Authors
  • Bradshaw, Christina L1
  • Gale, Randall C2
  • Chettiar, Alexis3
  • Ghaus, Sharfun J4
  • Thomas, I-Chun5
  • Fung, Enrica6
  • Lorenz, Karl5
  • Asch, Steven M2
  • Anand, Shuchi4
  • Kurella Tamura, Manjula7
  • 1 Division of Nephrology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA. Electronic address: [email protected]
  • 2 Center for Innovation to Implementation, VA Palo Alto VA Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA.
  • 3 Program of Health Policy, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
  • 4 Division of Nephrology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA.
  • 5 Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA.
  • 6 Division of Nephrology, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System, Loma Linda, CA.
  • 7 Division of Nephrology, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA; Geriatric Research and Education Clinical Center, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
May 01, 2020
Volume
75
Issue
5
Pages
744–752
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2019.07.024
PMID: 31679746
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Elicitation and documentation of patient preferences is at the core of shared decision making and is particularly important among patients with high anticipated mortality. The extent to which older patients with incident kidney failure undertake such discussions with their providers is unknown and its characterization was the focus of this study. Retrospective cohort study. A random sample of veterans 67 years and older with incident kidney failure receiving care from the US Veterans Health Administration between 2005 and 2010. Demographic and facility characteristics, as well as predicted 6-month mortality risk after dialysis initiation and documentation of resuscitation preferences. Documented discussions of dialysis treatment and supportive care. We reviewed medical records over the 2 years before incident kidney failure and up to 1 year afterward to ascertain the frequency and timing of documented discussions about dialysis treatment, supportive care, and resuscitation. Logistic regression was used to identify factors associated with these documented discussions. The cohort of 821 veterans had a mean age of 80.9±7.2 years, and 37.2% had a predicted 6-month mortality risk>20% with dialysis. Documented discussions addressing dialysis treatment and resuscitation were present in 55.6% and 77.1% of patients, respectively. Those addressing supportive care were present in 32.4%. The frequency of documentation varied by mortality risk and whether the patient ultimately started dialysis. In adjusted analyses, the frequency and pattern of documentation were more strongly associated with geographic location and receipt of outpatient nephrology care than with patient demographic or clinical characteristics. Documentation may not fully reflect the quality and content of discussions, and generalizability to nonveteran patients is limited. Among older veterans with incident kidney failure, discussions of dialysis treatment are decoupled from other aspects of advance care planning and are suboptimally documented, even among patients at high risk for mortality. Copyright © 2019 National Kidney Foundation, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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