Table 2.

Socioeconomic characteristics of patients who were referred for dialysis treatmenta

Socioeconomic VariablesAll Patients(n = 222)Patients Who Initiated Dialysis (n = 166)Patients Who Did Not Initiate Dialysis (n = 56)Pb
Unemployed89 (40.1)61 (36.8)28 (50.0)0.08
Married or common law118 (53.2)93 (56.0)25 (44.6)0.14
Cannot read or write42 (18.9)28 (16.9)14 (25.0)0.18
<7 yr of school190 (85.6)140 (84.3)50 (89.3)0.36
>11 yr of school9 (4.1)8 (4.8)1 (1.8)0.32
Income at or below minimum salary155 (69.8)112 (67.5)43 (76.8)0.19
Some savings44 (19.8)35 (21.1)9 (16.1)0.42
Able to pay entire cost of treatment1 (0.5)1 (0.6)00.56
Rural residence111 (50.0)82 (49.4)29 (51.8)0.76
Income other than farming28 (12.6)20 (12.1)8 (14.3)0.66
Residence larger than one room188 (84.7)141 (84.9)47 (83.9)0.86
Own home120 (54.1)93 (56.0)27 (48.2)0.31
Rent home45 (20.3)33 (19.9)12 (21.4)0.8
Homeless53 (23.9)38 (22.9)15 (26.8)0.55
  • a Data are n (%). Data on socioeconomic characteristics were missing for 52 patients, six of whom initiated dialysis and 46 of whom did not initiate dialysis.

  • b For comparison between patients who did and did not initiate dialysis by χ2.