When I was doing research for this week’s assignment, I stumbled upon the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Surveillance System that is provided through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This surveillance system can be found at http://nccd.
cdc.gov/ckd/. This system provides data, which is collected through a variety of sources, on chronic kidney disease in the United States and breaks down the data into various subcategories. The information that is collected through the surveillance system is used to support the Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative that is also organized through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System, 2018).The ultimate goal of the Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative is to promote kidney health. They believe that this can be attained through strategies that “prevent and control risk factors for CKD, raise awareness for CKD and its complications, promote early diagnosis and treatment of CKD, and improve the quality of life for people living with CKD.” The Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System is then used to help monitor the progress of the initiative’s goals, as well as to help determine risk factors for CKD in the population (Chronic Kidney Disease Initiative, 2017).
As I was looking through the website, one thing I came across that I found interesting was the prevalence of CKD stages 1-4 by year. The data that was provided came from a cross-sectional survey that was conducted every two years, and provided information up until 2014. The thing that I found interesting and slightly alarming is that not only the prevalence for chronic kidney disease remained the same throughout the years, but also the prevalence of the various stages of the disease have also remained the same (Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System, 2018). It makes one wonder if the prevalence of CKD can be decreased in the upcoming years through more intensive education of the disease and preventative measures?