Review ArticlePatient mortality in chronic dialysis: comparisons between hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysisBerkoben, MichaelAuthor Information Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA Correspondence to Dr Michael Berkoben, Duke University Medical Center, Box 3014, Durham, NC 27710, USA. Tel: +1 919 660 6860; fax: +1 919 684 4476; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension: November 1999 - Volume 8 - Issue 6 - p 681-683 Buy Abstract Patients with approaching end-stage renal disease often must choose between hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis as the initial form of renal replacement therapy. Should nephrologists recommend one form of dialysis as superior to the other? This review focuses on studies that compared patient mortality for these two dialysis techniques. Explanations for the disparate findings of these studies will be put forth. Finally, suggestions regarding what we can recommend to patients are made. © 1999 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.