An NHS report has claimed that better detection rates and earlier diagnosis could improve standards for patients suffering with chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The NHS Kidney care study discovered that the existing approach causes up to 45,000 premature deaths each year, higher than a combination of lung and breast cancer rates. But a drive to improve standards could save the NHS money and improve the quality of life for patients.
Around 1.8m people in England have been diagnosed with the condition, but the report claimed that there could be 1m undetected cases.
The findings of the study were published in the journal of Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, with clinical trials forming the basis of the NHS data and economic modelling.
The paper, “Chronic Kidney Disease in England: The Human and Financial Cost”, found that an improvement in standards could help the NHS in England save £1.4bn each year.
Marion Kerr, author of the report, said: “Chronic kidney disease has a much greater impact on people’s lives, and on NHS costs, than is generally recognised.”
- Kerr, M et al (2012) Estimating the financial cost of chronic kidney disease to the NHS in England. Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation. First published online 19 July 2012.