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Research Article

Prediction of resources needed to achieve the national target for treatment of renal failure.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987; 294 doi: (Published 06 June 1987) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987;294:1467
  1. I T Wood,
  2. N P Mallick,
  3. A J Wing


    A model of the treatment of end stage renal failure has been primed with observed survival statistics and used to predict the steady state that will be achieved when the present annual target of at least 40 new patients per million population is in equilibrium with the death rate. The number of patients expected to receive each type of dialysis or a transplant is given per million of population. The personnel and facilities required to care for these patients and the costs of each programme were derived using analyses of workloads and costs in the North Western Regional Health Authority. The study has documented the considerable need for "back up" beds for patients on dialysis who require temporary care as inpatients. The cost effectiveness of transplantation has been demonstrated; at steady state it is calculated that each successful graft saves the service pounds 30,000. Implementation of the minister's minimum target requires a build up to some three times the resources currently allocated, with parallel increases in numbers of medical, nursing, and other essential staff.