Early diagnosis crucial to CKD

The importance of early identification of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in primary care has been highlighted in a Dialysis Manifesto pledge by MPs.

So far, 24 MPs have pledged their commitment to 10 key action points to address the burden of CKD by improving care across the NHS.

The Dialysis Manifesto is a combined initiative by the National Kidney Federation and the All Party Parliamentary Kidney Group.

It highlights the fact that if CKD is recognised and diagnosed earlier in primary care, patients have significantly better long-term outcomes, improved quality of life and a longer life span.

Oldham GP Dr Ian Wilkinson, who is the Renal NSF champion for Oldham PCT, told GP that quality indicators should be expanded to include patients with stage 1 and 2 CKD as well as those with stage 3-5 CKD.

There is good evidence that all patients with proteinuria benefit from early treatment.

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