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Table 1 Principal models of dialysis care in the Northern territory

From: Economic and quality of care evaluation of dialysis service models in remote Australia: protocol for a mixed methods study

Dialysis Model Description Characteristics
Model 1
Urban Satellite Unit
Larger facilities in urban areas, provides maintenance haemodialysis; training and support for self-care therapies. All patients commence treatment here, default service when other models at capacity.
Model 2
Regional Satellite Unit
Smaller distant facilities, often co-located with regional hospitals to access support services. Offers haemodialysis and some support for self-care patients in local community Accepts stable, adherent patients: usually a waiting list.
Model 3
Rural/remote Satellite Unit
Small unit distant from hub service, may co-locate with local primary health clinic to access services. Offers haemodialysis and some support for self-care therapies; Accepts adherent, stable, physically mobile patients.
Model 4
Community based dialysis
Community controlled services providing permanent and respite haemodialysis in small remote facilities within program of social supports. Patient criteria less restrictive due to social supports.
Model 5
Self-care dialysis
Multi-user facilities in remote areas for independent home haemodialysis. Single-user machines in private residences. Peritoneal dialysis carried out at home. Patient criteria strict: adherent, clinically stable and trained to be competent and safe.