GPs could face greater CKD management role

GPs across the UK may have to take on a bigger role in management of chronic kidney disease (CKD), say experts.

The quality framework currently rewards GPs with up to 27 points for identifying and treating patients with CKD stages 3-5.

But experts at a two-day consensus meeting hosted by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) this week discussed current guidelines and whether GPs needed to do more for patients with CKD stages 1-3.

Specifically, they considered whether these patients should be given treatments to reduce their known vascular risk.

As an estimated 10 per cent of the UK population has early CKD, this could result in an increase in the number of scrips for antihypertensives and statins which, the RCPE says, may 'place greater pressure' on GPs.  

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