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Geriatric Assessment for the Nephrologist


Address correspondence to: Jocelyn Wiggins, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, Tel.: 734-615-4460, Fax: 734-763-0982, or e-mail:


Dialysis providers are increasingly being presented with progressively older and frailer patients, in all healthcare settings from the acute hospital to the community dialysis center. These patients commonly bring more than kidney failure with them, with a complex constellation of chronic illness, comorbidity, and functional and cognitive impairment. Navigating these challenges and coordinating the care of these highly complex patients significantly increase the work of the whole dialysis team. This article reviews the role of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in these patients and discusses how each of its elements interacts with routine dialysis care.