Caring for patients with chronic kidney disease: a joint opinion of the ambulatory care and the nephrology practice and research networks of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy

Pharmacotherapy. 2005 Jan;25(1):123-43. doi: 10.1592/phco.


An increasing number of patients are developing chronic kidney disease (CKD). Appropriate care for patients with CKD must occur in the earliest stages, preferably before CKD progresses to more severe stages. Therefore, recognition and treatment of CKD and its associated complications must occur in primary care settings. Patients with CKD often have comorbid conditions such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and dyslipidemia, creating specific considerations when treating these diseases. Also, these patients have CKD-related conditions, including anemia and renal osteodystrophy, that are not traditionally evaluated and monitored by the primary care practitioner. Collectively, many opportunities exist for pharmacists who practice in the primary care setting to improve the care of patients with CKD.

Publication types

  • Guideline
  • Practice Guideline
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Ambulatory Care / methods*
  • Ambulatory Care / standards
  • Comorbidity
  • Expert Testimony
  • Humans
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / epidemiology
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / physiopathology
  • Kidney Failure, Chronic / therapy*
  • Nephrology / standards*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic / standards
  • Quality of Health Care / standards*
  • Societies, Pharmaceutical / organization & administration*