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|Title:||A randomised single-blind study to improve health-related quality of life by treating Anaemia of chronic kidney disease with Aranesp(R) (darbepoetin alfa) in older people: STIMULATE||Authors:||Roger, Simon D ;Jassal, Sarbjit ;Woodward, Michael ;Soroka, Steven ;McMahon, L.P.||Issue Date:||Feb-2014||Source:||Volume 46, Issue 2, pp. 469-475||Journal title:||International Urology and Nephrology||Abstract:||BACKGROUND: The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) increases with age, and the risk of significant anaemia increases as renal function declines. The objectives of this study were to assess the effect of darbepoetin alfa administration on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) through treatment for anaemia in older patients with CKD. METHODS: In this multicentre, randomised, placebo-controlled trial, older patients (aged >/= 70 years) with CKD (Stages 3-5, predialysis) and haemoglobin (Hb) < 11.0 g/dL were randomised to darbepoetin alfa (n = 28) or placebo (n = 23). HRQOL was measured using a number of instruments including Short Form-36 (SF-36) and Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Anaemia (FACT-An). RESULTS: The primary endpoint, mean SF-36 Vitality Score at Week 24, was comparable between the darbepoetin alfa (51.4 [95 % CI 48.0, 54.9]) and placebo (46.7 [40.9, 52.5]) groups. Darbepoetin alfa-treated patients experienced statistically significant improvements in some SF-36 and FACT-An Subscale Scores. Mean Hb was higher with darbepoetin alfa (12.5 [12.1, 12.9] g/dL) than with placebo (10.5 [10.1, 11.0] g/dL). The safety profiles were comparable between the treatment groups. The study was limited by only 20 % of the planned patient recruitment being achieved. CONCLUSIONS: Darbepoetin alfa increased Hb and, within study limitations, suggested that improvements in some HRQOL domains in older CKD patients with anaemia may be achieved with more physiological haemoglobin.||URI:||https://elibrary.cclhd.health.nsw.gov.au/cclhdjspui/handle/1/245||DOI:||10.1007/s11255-013-0512-1||Pubmed:||http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23982766||ISSN:||1573-2584||Publicaton type:||Journal Article||Keywords:||Kidney Disease
|Study or Trial:||Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial/Controlled Clinical Trial|
|Appears in Collections:||Renal Medicine|
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