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Chronic kidney disease referrals from general practitioners pre- and post National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance 2014.

Arjunan, A., Jeelani, M.S., Docherty, S. and Taylor, J., 2019. Chronic kidney disease referrals from general practitioners pre- and post National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance 2014. Clinical Medicine Journal, 19 (6), 1-4.

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DOI: 10.7861/clinmed.2019-0105

Abstract

Introduction: Mortality from chronic kidney disease (CKD) is increasing. Most patients die from cardiovascular disease and management of cardiovascular risks is key to prevent both mortality and progression to end-stage renal disease. In 2014, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) introduced guidance to help general practitioners (GPs) manage CKD patients. Aim: We aimed to determine the impact of the updated CKD guidance on CKD/cardiovascular risks optimisation and the timeliness of referral from the primary care. Methods: All new GP referrals to the Regional Renal Service in 2012 and 2016 were analysed. Data were collected on patient age, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) at referral, blood pressure (BP), smoking, body mass index, glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c; in diabetic patients) and lipid assessment. Results: A total of 486 new GP referrals were received in 2012, and 574 in 2016 (18% increase post NICE CKD guideline). Post NICE, fewer stage 4 and 5 CKD patients were being referred. But late referrals (eGFR <20 mL/min/1.73 m2) were not improved. BP control had improved. More patients had cholesterol-levels checked. The number of smokers and obese patients had not improved. Conclusion: Post NICE guidelines, GPs are better in optimising BP. Diabetes management and lifestyle modifications need further improvement.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1470-2118
Uncontrolled Keywords:Chronic kidney disease; NICE guidelines
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:32966
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:28 Oct 2019 10:55
Last Modified:22 Oct 2020 01:08

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