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Experts call for improved prevention and early diagnosis

31 January 2024

A new report by Kidney Research UK is being launched at Westminster on Wednesday 31 January to spell out the urgent steps decision makers need to take to improve the prevention and early diagnosis of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in England.

Front cover of the chronic kidney disease report showing an Asian man looking into the distance while he is leaning on a fence.

Report calls for urgent action

The launch of the report Chronic kidney disease and prevention: Harnessing the potential of early intervention and disease management is sponsored by Khalid Mahmood MP, who spoke to us about his own experiences of struggling with dialysis, his subsequent kidney transplant and losing his brother to kidney failure.

This follows the charity’s 2023 report containing stark warnings that kidney disease is a public health emergency that is threatening to overwhelm the NHS without urgent action.

Ways to improve diagnosis and management of kidney disease

Produced with input from clinicians, scientists, academics and patients, the new report identifies specific ways in which early diagnosis, monitoring and management of kidney disease could be improved to help

  • Better incentives for GPs to make testing at-risk patients, monitoring and identifying opportunities for intervention routine
  • Targeted education programmes to upskill healthcare professionals on CKD including the importance of testing, of annual reviews, and of discussing CKD with patients with conditions which can be risk factors for CKD, such as diabetes and high blood pressure
  • Utilising community pharmacy to support testing and monitoring of CKD
  • Increased government research spend and initiatives on CKD to improve early diagnosis, working alongside the kidney community to understand what initiatives and evidence would be most impactful.
  • Better coordination of care for kidney patients with multiple conditions
  • More detailed and consistent data collection, coding and flagging so patients at risk of kidney disease, and signs of disease progression, can be identified faster and interventions made to prevent or slow down deterioration
  • Integrated, specialist mental health and social support for all kidney patients
  • The new Integrated Care Systems responsible for healthcare provision implementing targeted programmes for at-risk communities.
  • Increased uptake of appropriate treatment to optimise the management of CKD, including sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors which can delay or prevent disease progression and prevent cardiovascular events such as heart attacks or strokes in kidney patients.

Early detection of CKD is vital

Alison Railton, head of policy and external affairs at Kidney Research UK said:

“Early detection of kidney disease is vital in order to slow progression and give patients the best quality of life possible. The government and NHS need to do more to ensure those at risk of developing CKD are routinely tested and given access to appropriate treatments. We are determined our new report will help accelerate work in this area and lead to more patients saved from the heartbreak of kidney failure.”

To develop the report, healthcare professionals, policymakers and charity representatives were gathered to discuss the policy reform urgently needed. This discussion, together with interviews with primary care professionals and kidney patients, informed both the report and the accompanying parliamentary briefing calling for MPs to take specific actions to raise the prioritisation of CKD up the political agenda.

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