2831 - Best Practice Detection & Management of Chronic Kidney Disease
This Quality Improvement Activity combines traditional forms of education with support, specific tools and resources, deeper understanding of CKD and the use of PDSA cycles to implement best practice CKD detection and management to create sustained changeRelevance to General Practice
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) presents a significant health problem in Australia. It is estimated that 1 in 3 Australians is at an increased risk of developing CKD. Approximately 1 in 10 Australians have at least one clinical sign of CKD. 1.5 million Australians are unaware they have clinical signs of CKD. This is because up to 90% of kidney function can be lost before symptoms are evident.
If CKD is detected early and managed appropriately, the risk of cardiovascular events can be controlled, and the rate of deterioration in kidney function can be reduced by as much as 50%, and in some cases reversed. General practitioners have a variety of options available to treat and manage CKD; referral to a specialist, ordering imaging or pathology tests and prescribing medications. Despite this, there is evidence that CKD is not adequately detected or managed by primary health practitioners in Australia.