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Clinical Characteristics and Laboratory Data by UACR Quartile

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Echocardiographic Characteristics by UACR Quartile

For the multivariable analyses, covariates were chosen on the basis of a combination of clinical relevance and association with both the predictor (UACR) and outcome (echocardiographic parameters). The associations between UACR and cardiac parameters of interest were adjusted for the following: 1) model 1: age, sex, and African-American race; 2) model 2: age, sex, African-American race, pulse pressure, DM, eGFR, CAD, and LV mass; and 3)model 2 in the subset of subjects without macroalbuminuria to determine whether associations were being driven by those with the highest levels of UACR. Linear models with and without log UACR were compared, and differences in regression R 2 were reported.

For survival analyses, we used Cox proportional hazards regression to evaluate the unadjusted relationship between UACR (log-transformed) and outcomes. Models were then adjusted for covariates chosen on the basis of a combination of clinical relevance and association with adverse outcomes in HFpEF. These covariates were age, sex, African-American race, DM, CKD, CAD, anemia, and various markers of cardiac disease severity, including, BNP, LV mass index, E/e′ ratio, and NYHA functional class. Area under the curve (AUC) and integrated discrimination improvement (IDI) analyses were used to determine the incremental risk prediction provided by UACR. All analyses were performed with Stata version 12 (Stata Corp., College Station, Texas).

Clinical characteristics for the entire cohort (n= 144), both in aggregate and stratified by UACR quartile, are shown in Miu Miu Bejewelled slingback pumps 5nAlNNA
. The average age was 66 years, 62% of participants were female, and just over one-half were nonwhite. Microalbuminuria (UACR= 30 to 300 mg/g) was present in 36 of 144 (25%), whereas macroalbuminuria (UACR>300 mg/g) was present in 20 of 144 (14%). Comorbidities, including CAD, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, DM, CKD, obesity, and smoking, were common. Subjects with higher UACR levels were more likely to have anemia and CKD, which was reflected by higher creatinine and blood urea nitrogenin the higher UACR quartiles. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was nonsignificantly less common in subjects with higher UACR values. There was a significant linear correlation between higher log UACR and higher log BNP (r= 0.43; p< 0.0001). The relationship between UACR and BNP persisted after adjustment for comorbidities and when restricted to those without macroalbuminuria ( Table3 ).

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Association of UACR With Cardiac Parameters: Unadjusted and Multivariable-Adjusted Linear Regression Analyses

Hypertension prevalence was not more prevalent in higher UACR quartiles, and while systolic blood pressure was higher in study participants with higher UACR, the association did not reach statistical significance. Pulse pressure did increase with increasing UACR reflecting increased arterial stiffness in study participants with higher UACR values. However this comparison was not significant after adjustment for multiple comparisons. Participants with higher UACR levels were more likely to be taking vasodilators, nitrates, loop diuretics, and statins ( Table1 ).

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16.3.2 Assessing risk of bias in cluster-randomized trials

In cluster-randomized trials, particular biases to consider include: (i) recruitment bias; (ii) baseline imbalance; (iii) loss of clusters; (iv) incorrect analysis; and (v) comparability with individually randomized trials.

(i) Recruitment bias can occur when individuals are recruited to the trial after the clusters have been randomized, as the knowledge of whether each cluster is an ‘intervention’ or ‘control’ cluster could affect the types of participants recruited.Farrin et al. showed differential participant recruitment in a trial of low back pain randomized by primary care practice; a greater number of less severe participants were recruited to the ‘active management’ practices (Farrin 2005) .Puffer et al. reviewed 36 cluster-randomized trials, and found possible recruitment bias in 14 (39%) (Puffer 2003) .

(ii) Cluster-randomized trials often randomize all clusters at once, so lack of concealment of an allocation sequence should not usually be an issue.However, because small numbers of clusters are randomized, there is a possibility of chance baseline imbalance between the randomized groups, in terms of either the clusters or the individuals.Although not a form of bias as such, the risk of baseline differences can be reduced by using stratified or pair-matched randomization of clusters.Reporting of the baseline comparability of clusters, or statistical adjustment for baseline characteristics, can help reduce concern about the effects of baseline imbalance.

(iii) Occasionally complete clusters are lost from a trial, and have to be omitted from the analysis.Just as for missing outcome data in individually randomized trials, this may lead to bias.In addition, missing outcomes for individuals within clusters may also lead to a risk of bias in cluster-randomized trials.

(iv) Many cluster-randomized trials are analysed by incorrect statistical methods, not taking the clustering into account.For example, Eldridge et al. reviewed 152 cluster-randomized trials in primary care of which 41% did not account for clustering in their analyses (Eldridge 2004) .Such analyses create a ‘unit of analysis error’ and produce over-precise results (the standard error of the estimated intervention effect is too small) and P values that are too small.They do not lead to biased estimates of effect. However, if they remain uncorrected, they will receive too much weight in a meta-analysis.Approximate methods of correcting trial results that do not allow for clustering are suggested in Section Tommy Hilfiger Bold Stripe Logo Webbing Flip Flops in zRTHTan
. Some of these can be implemented by review authors.

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