Chronic kidney disease audit pilot: just 50% of CKD patients correctly coded, report finds

Published: 08 Sep 2015

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

Results from the pilot phase (June-December 2014) of the National CKD Audit are consistent with previous studies suggesting that CKD coding is variable in GP 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.

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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. The tool, which has now been deployed on participating GP practice computer systems, has been specifically designed to help GPs accurately code their patients.

The audit will run up to December 2016 and is commissioned by the Health Quality Improvement Partnership, as part of the National Clinical Audit Programme and delivered by BMJ Informatica in collaboration with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London and
Queen Mary University.