Research Article

Individual differences in selecting patients for regular haemodialysis.

Br Med J 1975; 2 doi: (Published 17 May 1975) Cite this as: Br Med J 1975;2:380
  1. T R Taylor,
  2. J Aitchison,
  3. L S Parker,
  4. M F Moore


    Eight clinicians in a renal dialysis unit were asked to classify the suitability of 100 cases (some real, some simulated) for regulat haemodialysis. Seven categories were used, ranging from "excellent prospect: accept without reservation" to "unequivocal rejection," based on 18 items of information previously agreed on as sufficient for the purpose. The ways in which they classified the cases different considerably; only six cases were placed in the same category by all eight clinicians, and this was the "unequivocal rejection" category. Analysis of the extent to which they made effective use of the items showed that between three and nine items were used to a sufficient extent to reach significance for the 100 cases.