Explores the availability of dialysis services in rural
America including the prevalence of dialysis use across
urban and rural counties, travel distance for services,
and dialysis quality outcomes.
Include the following:
- The prevalence of dialysis use did not differ across
urban versus rural counties.
- Rural residents travel further for dialysis services.
- Fewer expanded dialysis services (peritoneal
dialysis, home hemodialysis training, and after-hours
availability) were offered in rural areas.
- Dialysis quality outcomes were similar across rural
and urban end stage renal disease facilities.