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Publication - Dr Jeremy Horwood

    Kidney age, not kidney disease


    Stevens, RJ, Evans, J, Oke, J, Smart, BTH, Hobbs, FDR, Holloway, E, Horwood, J, Judd, M, Locock, L, McLellan, J & Perera-Salazar, R, 2018, ‘Kidney age, not kidney disease’. CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal, vol 190., pp. E389-E393


    Chronic kidney disease stages 1 to 4 are asymptomatic health states that are not “disease”
    according to previously proposed definitions of disease.
    • Reduced kidney function levels, currently called chronic kidney disease, are not abnormal in
    older age groups.
    • The label “chronic kidney disease” can be misinterpreted by patients and can be an obstacle
    to communication.
    • Relabelling the stages of “chronic kidney disease” as categories of “kidney age” could
    improve patient-doctor communication and patient understanding of their diagnosis.

    Full details in the University publications repository