Table 5.

Cost of access care, stratified by survival status, according to first access type attempted

All Patients (Mean [Median, IQR])Patients Alive at End of Year 1 (Mean [Median, IQR])Patients Who Died During Year 1 (Mean [Median, IQR])
Access costs unadjusted for follow-up time
catheter only$5400b ($1742, $992–$4807)$3810 ($2551, $1093–$5095; n = 24)$6925 ($1345, $992–$3918; n = 25)
AVF$6688 ($4193, $2716–$6619)$7005 ($4364, $2826–$6839; n = 133)$4934 ($3854, $2521–$5992; n = 24)
graft$9543b ($7603, $3395–$11,744)$7872 ($7198, $3379–$11,465; n = 28)$18,999 ($11,743, $5229–$35,795; n = 5)
Cost per patient-year at riska
catheter only$9180c ($3812, $2250–$7762)$3810 ($2551, $1093–$5095; n = 24)$14,334 ($5898, $3259–$12,729; n = 25)
AVF$7989 ($4641, $3035–$8832)$7005 ($4364, $2826–$6839; n = 133)$13,444 ($11,151, $6075–$15,348; n = 24)
graft$11,685c ($8152, $3395–$12,908)$7872 ($7198, $3379–$11,465; n = 28)$33,038 ($41,345, $12,424–$49,740; n = 5)
• a Calculated by direct extrapolation from the truncated costing period for patients who died in year 1 to enable reporting as cost per patient-year at risk.

• b P < 0.001 comparing the log-transformed cost of catheter-only and graft patients using a two-sample t test.

• c P = 0.01 comparing the log-transformed cost per patient-year at risk of catheter-only and graft patients using a two-sample t test.