World Kidney Day: Mind the gap in kidney care

The gap between clinical evidence and daily practice in implementing new kidney disease treatments historically takes 17 years on average, which is deemed excessively lengthy. Urgency is required to bridge this gap, especially with the availability of highly effective preventive and management treatments. Despite clear guidelines for addressing common risk factors like hypertension and diabetes, global diagnosis and treatment rates remain alarmingly low.
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Similarly, the vast majority of people living with kidney disease are unaware of their condition, because in the early stages it is often silent. Even among patients who have been diagnosed, many do not receive appropriate treatment for kidney disease. Considering the serious consequences of kidney disease progression, kidney failure, or death, it is imperative that treatments are initiated early and appropriately.

Opportunities to diagnose and treat kidney disease early must be maximized beginning at the primary care level. Many systematic barriers exist, ranging from patient to clinician to health systems to societal factors. To preserve and improve kidney health for everyone everywhere, each of these barriers must be acknowledged so that sustainable solutions are developed and implemented without further delay

Read more the World Kidney Day 2024 Scientific Editorial.