Research Article

A flexible model for planning facilities for patients with end-stage renal failure.

Br Med J 1980; 281 doi: (Published 30 August 1980) Cite this as: Br Med J 1980;281:575
  1. I T Wood,
  2. N P Mallick,
  3. B Moores


    Resource needs for patients with renal failure change as policies vary and survival improves. Thus a model was developed to estimate the facilities (number of beds) needed for such patients in the North-west Region; national resource needs could be obtained by multiplying the regional needs by eleven. The model predicted an unforeseen demand for hospital and satellite unit facilities and for unit back-up beds. The increasing survival of transplants is an important determinant of resource needs, and the model readily indicates the impact of changes in this factor.