The national epidemic of chronic kidney disease. What we know and what we can do

Postgrad Med. 2001 Sep;110(3):23-9: quiz 8. doi: 10.3810/pgm.2001.09.1024.


The alarming increase in the incidence and mortality rate of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) over the past several years has prompted concerned physicians to ask why--and to ponder what can be done to ameliorate the situation. This article, the first in a seven-part series coordinated by the National Kidney Foundation, examines the factors surrounding the epidemic of chronic kidney disease and introduces readers to the organization's new clinical practice guidelines developed through its Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative. These recommendations emphasize early detection and treatment and offer a new avenue of communication between primary care physicians and nephrologists.

MeSH terms

  • Health Planning
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / complications
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / diagnosis
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / epidemiology
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / prevention & control*
  • Physician's Role
  • Physicians, Family
  • United States / epidemiology