Chronic Kidney Disease: The silent killer
In 2014-15 there were 203 400 Australians experiencing kidney disease according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. It also showed that for every patient that is diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) another 9 individuals remain cognisant to having the condition. This is partly due to patients being asymptomatic even when 80-90% of renal function has deteriorated. Lack of public awareness is also a contributing factor.
Relevance to General Practice
Renal conditions are harmful and if left unattended can cause serious mortality, morbidity and decreased quality of life. They are the 10th leading cause of death in Australia and CKD is a major risk factor for coronary events and all-cause mortality. It is critical that we detect and diagnose CKD in the first stages of its progression because kidney function can be restored by as much as 50% and in cases fully reversed if detected early and managed correctly.
General practitioners play a critical role in the early detection of CKD as they are the first line of contact. Evidence shows that patients do not meet guideline indicators of quality care target goals such as BP and albuminuria levels demonstrating there is a gap between recommended and received care. Practitioners have to actively seek out any risk or signs associated with CKD, educate patients and have a coordinated approach that foster communication between the appropriate health care professionals providing multidisciplinary collaborative care.
This ALM (Active Learning Module) activity aims to review normal renal function, the pathophysiology of CKD and the latest EBM recommendations in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of CKD, helping general practitioners keep up to date with current treatment options and their application.
This full day course will be running throughout the year. See course dates here.