The pilot report from the National CKD Audit has revealed that only 50% of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are being appropriately coded. Results from the pilot phase (June-December 2014) is consistent with previous studies suggesting that CKD coding is variable in GP practices. Although most practices test a high proportion of patients at risk of CKD, specifically those with diabetes and hypertension, on average only half of patients with CKD identifiable on blood tests are being appropriately coded.
Fiona Loud, Policy Director at the British Kidney Patient Association said, "It is estimated that Chronic Kidney Disease affects up to 1 in 10 in the UK , but worryingly one million people have kidney disease without knowing it. Early diagnosis and treatment can help slow down any further damage to the kidneys, further cardiovascular damage and reduce the risk of acute kidney injury (a sudden deterioration in kidney function).
For a minority, CKD can lead to kidney failure which requires treatment by dialysis or a kidney transplant. Timely preparation and management for these treatments improves outcomes".