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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is showcasing the new National Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System interactive website to nephrologists and researchers at the National Kidney Foundation's Spring Clinical Meetings held in Orlando this week. This is the first time that the CDC has provided hands-on training to doctors, researchers, NKF partners and conference participants on how to use the system to its full capacity.
The CDC's Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System is the first government-supported resource that aims to centralize data that will be used to gauge the full scope of kidney disease, its risk factors, its health consequences and the health care system's capacity for managing CKD at the state and national level.
"Until now, there has been no surveillance system for chronic kidney disease to take snapshots of the health outcomes of the American population," said Joseph Vassalotti, MD, National Kidney Foundation chief medical officer. "This is a step forward to increase awareness of chronic kidney disease as a major public health problem among clinicians, clinical researchers, public health officials and policy makers."
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In addition to CDC experts, the project is supported by research teams led by Dr. Neil Powe of the University of California, San Francisco and Dr. Rajiv Saran of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
"We're trying to document how CKD is changing over time in the United States," said Annie Rein-Weston, the project's UCSF-based research analyst. "We're tracking multiple aspects of CKD from disparate data sources over time to gauge which aspects of CKD are improving and which aspects could use more attention. Hopefully this will help focus policy changes.”
Over time, the surveillance system will provide the means for evaluating, monitoring and implementing health policy and health care delivery system efforts by federal and nonfederal organizations.
Highlights of the system include:
- Customizable graphics and maps of CKD surveillance data that can be used in publications, grant applications, reports and articles
- An interactive application to view U.S. trends by age, sex or race
- Access to fast facts and U.S. data tables
- Data for monitoring health trends in health consequences and more
"The development of this system is an ongoing process that will grow as new topics, needs and trends are identified," said Rein-Weston. "Eventually, the hope is for the surveillance system to present more granular data on the local level."