Virginia A. Moyer, MD, MPH; on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force*
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New U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendation statement on screening for chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The USPSTF reviewed evidence on screening for CKD, including evidence on screening, accuracy of screening, early treatment, and harms of screening and early treatment.
This recommendation applies to asymptomatic adults without diagnosed CKD. Testing for and monitoring CKD for the purpose of chronic disease management (including testing and monitoring patients with diabetes or hypertension) are not covered by this recommendation.
The USPSTF concludes that the evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of routine screening for CKD in asymptomatic adults (I statement).
Screening for chronic kidney disease: clinical summary of U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation.
Appendix Table 1.
What the USPSTF Grades Mean and Suggestions for Practice
Appendix Table 2.
USPSTF Levels of Certainty Regarding Net Benefit
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Ian H. de Boer, Grant Olan, Uptal Patel, for the American Society of Nephrology Chronic Kidney Disease Advisory Group
University of Washington (IHdB), American Society of Nephrology (GO), Duke Clinical Research Institute (UP)
January 3, 2013
Screening for chronic kidney disease – recommendations in context
Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a serious and growing public health threat.(1,2) More than 26 million Americans are estimated to have CKD, and only 1 in 10 are aware they have the disease. When identified early, however, the progression of CKD to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) can be slowed or halted.(3)The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) CKD Advisory Group agrees with the USPSTF (4) that insufficient evidence exists to demonstrate that screening for CKD in asymptomatic adults translates into use of effective interventions that in turn lead to improved outcomes. However, a lack of evidence is not the same as evidence that screening, or subsequent interventions, are not effective. In its second annual report to Congress on high-priority evidence gaps for clinical preventive services, USPSTF identified screening for CKD as its top priority. The ASN strongly supports the USPSTF recommendation for further research to fill this evidence gap. Moreover, it is critical to highlight the scope of the USPSTF determination, which specifically excluded people diagnosed with diabetes mellitus or hypertension. Diabetes and hypertension are the most common risk factors for CKD. The prevalence of CKD is approximately 27.5% among the 30.6% of adults 20 years of age or older with hypertension and approximately 34.5% among the 10.6% of US adults 20 years of age or older with diabetes.(2,5) Clinical trials in these populations demonstrate that antihypertensive interventions reduce the risk of both CKD progression and cardiovascular complications.(3) ASN and other professional organizations therefore recommend continued screening for CKD among patients with hypertension and diabetes.(6-8)The presence of other risk factors may also warrant screening. Screening for CKD has been recommended for patients with cardiovascular disease because CKD is common and a strong independent risk factor for cardiovascular events and death in this population.(6,8,9) Moreover, screening individuals with a family history of CKD may reduce the risk of ESRD and help address racial disparities.(6,8) Racial disparities among individuals of African ancestry are due in part to a higher prevalence of high-risk polymorphisms such as those identified in the Apolipoprotein L1 gene.(10) The USPSTF highlighted important unanswered questions regarding CKD screening for asymptomatic adults. ASN supports the USPSTF recommendation to Congress for further research on CKD screening while urging ongoing CKD screening among high-risk populations.
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Ian H. de Boer, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology
Division of Nephrology and Kidney Research Institute
University of Washington
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Moyer VA, . Screening for Chronic Kidney Disease: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement. Ann Intern Med. 2012;157:567–570. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-157-8-201210160-00533
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