Use of clinical guidelines for treatment of anemia among hemodialysis patients

Mae Thamer*, Christian M. Richard, Jens Klinkmann, Peter Ivanovich, Gordon Lang, Dennis J. Cotter

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Changing financial incentives have strongly influenced dosing patterns of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) since its introduction in 1989. Although guidelines for prescribing rHuEPO exist, the extent to which they are adhered to is unknown. Using a retrospective cohort observational study design, the factors influencing the initial dosing of rHuEPO prescribed to 413 hemodialysis patients in 1994 were examined. Patient weight, the only recommended guideline, was not found to be a significant predictor of dosing of rHuEPO after controlling for selected patient demographic and clinical characteristics. The strongest predictor for initial rHuEPO dosing was hematocrit followed by White race (p < 0.05). Finally, each subsequent month was associated with a significantly larger initial rHuEPO dose, reflecting the general trend in increasing dose since 1991 (p < 0.001). In conclusion, despite the recent DOQI guidelines for treatment of anemia among persons with chronic renal failure, providers are not using patient weight as an independent criterion for determining dosing of rHuEPO.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-94
Number of pages4
JournalArtificial organs
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000


  • Anemia
  • Chronic renal failure
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Hematocrit
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Recombinant human erythropoietin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering


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