Barriers to timely arteriovenous fistula creation: a study of providers and patients

Pamela Lopez-Vargas, Jonathan Craig, Martin Gallagher, Rowan Walker, Paul Snelling, Eugenie Pedagogos, Nicholas Gray, Murthy Divi, Alastair Gillies, Michael Suranyi, Hla Thein, Stephen McDonald, Christine Russell, Kevan Polkinghorne

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Current clinical practice guidelines recommend a native arteriovenous fistula (AVF) as the vascular access of first choice. Despite this, most patients in western countries start hemodialysis therapy using a catheter. Little is known regarding specific physician and system characteristics that may be responsible for delays in permanent access creation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)873 - 882
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Kidney Diseases
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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