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Improving the understanding, detection, and management of kidney disease.

Collaborate with a Nephrologist

The key issues in managing CKD are ensuring that the diagnosis is correct, implementing appropriate therapy, and monitoring the patient. Except for very advanced CKD, most of the therapeutic interventions are similar to optimal diabetes or CVD care. The most important additional interventions are screening for comorbid conditions and providing education to the patient on the progressive nature of kidney disease, the eventual need for renal replacement therapy, and dietary modification. These may be facilitated by referral to a nephrologist but can be effectively accomplished by a primary provider and a registered dietitian who have a long-term relationship with the patient.

It may be appropriate to consult with a nephrologist to

The timing of referral may vary depending on patient status as well provider experience. Regardless of the timing of the referral, providers should

Use the NKDEP Nephrology Referral Form to share important patient data with the consulting nephrologist.

Collaborative management by primary providers and consultants may maintain continuity of care and improve outcomes. Most nephrologists will welcome the opportunity to assist in the management of CKD patients who have benefited from early diagnosis and intervention. Effective communication between providers will facilitate collaborative care.

Page last updated: March 28, 2012