Table 1.

Patient characteristicsa

CharacteristicAll Patients (n = 465,563)Patients Who Withdrew from Dialysis (n = 44,465)Patients Who Died from Suicide (n = 264)
Age (yr; %)
    15–294.00.62.3
    31–4412.73.914.0
    45–5924.212.520.5
    60–7437.142.436.0
    75+22.040.727.3
Male (%)53.349.286.0
Race (%)
    white64.281.185.2
    black29.315.110.6
    Asian3.21.93.8
    other/unknown3.41.90.4
Region (%)
    Northeast (networks 1–4)21.019.412.5
    South (networks 5–8, 13, and 14)37.134.837.9
    Midwest (networks 9–12)23.027.926.1
    West (networks 15–18)18.917.923.5
Time since initiation of dialysis (mo; %)
    0–37.916.224.6
    3–66.314.413.3
    6–128.918.614.0
    12–2425.924.021.6
    24+50.926.926.5
Modality at initiation (%)
    hemodialysis89.590.988.3
    peritoneal dialysis10.59.111.7
Diabetes (%)40.142.132.6
Ischemic heart disease (%)23.632.631.1
Peripheral vascular disease (%)14.620.717.1
Congestive heart failure (%)32.542.034.5
Stroke/TIA (%)9.013.99.5
Cancer (%)5.29.68.0
COPD (%)7.010.611.0
HIV (%)0.70.60.4
Alcohol or drug dependence (%)2.52.26.8
Nonambulatory (%)4.47.23.4
Uninsured (%)7.52.77.6
Work status (%)
    employed (full or part time)10.53.39.9
    unemployed20.312.620.1
    student or retired69.284.170.0
  • a TIA, transient ischemic attack; COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.