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Kidney disease management in UK primary care: guidelines, incentives and Information Technology

Klebe, Bernhard, Farmer, Chris, Cooley, Roger, de Lusignan, Simon, Middleton, Rachel, O'Donoghue, Donal J., Newport, John, Stevens, Paul E. (2007) Kidney disease management in UK primary care: guidelines, incentives and Information Technology. Family Practice, 24 (4). pp. 330-335. ISSN 0263-2136. (doi:10.1093/fampra/cmm026) (KAR id:2842)


The last few years have seen new developments to understand and tackle the significant public health issue posed by chronic kidney disease (CKD). Established renal disease currently consumes 2% of the UK National Health Service budget and predictions are that this figure will increase significantly due to the rising number of people requiring renal replacement therapy fuelled by the ageing population and the diabetes mellitus epidemic.

This paper reviews the scale of CKD and discusses the new developments such as staging, referral guidelines and new Department of Health incentives brought about to improve awareness. The importance of Information Technology in assisting the management of renal disease is also outlined. We identify various types of intervention which might be used to do this: feedback in an educational context, the establishment of computerized decision support and enhancement of the patient journey. Many principles may be extended to the management of any chronic disease. While new developments are necessary to improve care, wider implementation is required to be able to see if improved outcomes are achieved

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/fampra/cmm026
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Maureen Cook
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2008 10:07 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:41 UTC
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Cooley, Roger.

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