Survival analysis of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients in Malaysia
Investigators: Dr Narimah Hanim Ibrahim
  Prof Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud
Agency: University of Malaya
Amount: RM 10,000
Grant: UM Postgraduate Research Fund
Period: August 2009 - August 2010
Reference number: PS 169/2009B

This study aimed to prognosticate the 5-year and 10-year survival probabilities and to prognosticate CVD-specific mortality among End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) patients in Malaysia. It was supposed to be a cohort study involving all ESRD patients registered in either NRR or NTR between 1992 and 2008. Prognostic factors of interest were predictors for better survival for example younger age group, non-smoking patients, no history of existing co-morbidities, good social support, less immunologic risks and normal biochemical data (normal cholesterol level, no Hepatitis B, no Hepatitis C, HIV negative). This study was supposed to come out with scoring models to predict the survival probabilities of ESRD patients in Malaysia. This would have been very useful especially to the healthcare provider to improve the management of renal failure patients and also the Ministry of Health and other agencies which contributed to the service in terms of planning and expanding the services in future.

The project was to fund research by one DrPH candidate (Dr Narimah Hanim Ibrahim). The completion of the project should result in 2 journal papers and 1 DrPH thesis. However, due to some unresolved problems in getting the data and lack of cooperation from the Renal Registry, the research project has been discontinued and the student has had to begin a new project.


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