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Physician-reported survey data were recorded within 48 hours of collection of patient-reported survey data by one of the attending nephrologists (co-investigator RG), using the Karnofsky Index to assess the functional status and the Duke Severity of Illness Checklist (DUSOI) (Parkerson, 1999; Parkerson, Broadhead, and Tse, 1993) to assess the severity of illness of each patient.
Within 48 hours of questionnaire administration, the nephrologist completed the Karnofsky Performance Index (Karnofsky and Burchenal, 1949) and the Duke Severity of Illness Checklist (DUSOI) (Parkerson, Broadhead, and Tse, 1993 and 1995) on each patient, and the physician epidemiologist obtained data from the medical records regarding demographic factors, laboratory values, hospitalizations, cause of renal failure, and length of time since beginning dialysis.