Excessive burden of end-state renal disease among Canadian Indians: a national survey

Am J Public Health. 1989 Jun;79(6):756-8. doi: 10.2105/ajph.79.6.756.


Analysis of data from the Canadian National Renal Failure Register indicates that Canadian Natives are at much higher risk for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) than the Canadian population in general. Using two population estimates for the total Native population, the age-standardized incidence rate of newly registered ESRD cases between 1981 and 1986 among Natives was at least 2.5 times (and may be as high as four times) the national rate. Natives were particularly at higher risk for ESRD to diabetes, glomerulonephritis, and pyelonephritis, whereas for the other causes the risk was no different from that of other Canadians. As technologically sophisticated treatment facilities are only available in major urban centers, Native ESRD patients and their families living in remote areas of Canada are faced with major psychosocial disruptions of relocation.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American*
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / epidemiology
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / ethnology*
  • Male
  • Registries
  • Risk Factors