National CKD Audit Pilot Report

Pilot report reveals only 50% of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) are being appropriately coded

Results from the pilot phase of the National CKD Audit are consistent with previous studies suggesting that CKD coding is variable in practices. Although most practices test a high proportion of patients at risk of CKD, specifically those with diabetes and hypertension, on average only half of patients with CKD identifiable on blood tests are being appropriately coded. 

Given the advantages of accurate identification of those with CKD, coding will be the initial focus of the quality improvement programme and the electronic quality improvement tool which has now been deployed on participating practice computer systems has been specifically designed to help GPs accurately code their patients.  

The pilot stage of the project ran for 6 months from June to December 2014.