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Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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Year : 2005  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 306-310
Is There a Need for Establishing a Formal Nephrologist-Directed Primary Care Program in Dialysis Units?


Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Medicine, King Fahad National Guard Hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Khaja H. Mujtaba Quadri
Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Medicine, King Fahad National Guard Hospital, P.O. Box 22490, Riyadh 11426
Saudi Arabia
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We have introduced an annual timetable format for addressing the "primary care" needs of the hemodialysis population. For 102 patients enrolled, fourteen interventions adapted for the dialysis population from the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendations were implemented successfully in 65% areas in our pilot year, which include important features like annual history and physical examination, breast examination, mammography, pap smear, lipid profile, adult specific immunization and stool occult blood. Flexible sigmoidoscopy program was unsuccessful in our pilot year.


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