Archive for May, 2017

EKHA’s first publication calls for action to reduce the costs of Chronic Kidney Disease while delivering quality health care

EKHA’s first article, “Reducing the costs of chronic kidney disease while delivering quality health care: a call to action” is published in the Nature Reviews Nephrology Journal, a peer-reviewed medical journal for nephrologists. 

The article points out the substantial societal costs imposed by the treatment of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). Expenditure is highest for Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT),  especially for in-hospital haemodialysis. Accordingly, a shift towards less expensive forms of RRT (peritoneal dialysis, home haemodialysis) or kidney transplantation should decrease financial pressure.

However, costs for CKD are not limited to RRT, meaning even if patients with CKD or ESRD could be given the least expensive therapies, costs would decrease only marginally. Therefore, a consistent and sustainable approach focusing on prevention should be adopted. Before a preventive strategy is favoured, however, authorities should carefully analyse the cost to benefit ratio of each strategy. Primary prevention of CKD is more important than secondary prevention, as many other related chronic diseases, such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer, and pulmonary disorders could also be prevented. Primary prevention largely consists of lifestyle changes that will reduce global societal costs and, more importantly, result in a healthy, active, and long-lived population. The article calls on nephrologists to collaborate closely with other sectors and governments to reach these aims.

European Kidney Forum 2017

The 2017 European Kidney Forum took place on the 11th of April in Brussels, hosted by the MEP Group for Kidney Health. This year’s edition focused on the second cluster of EKHA recommendations on sustainable kidney care: Patient Choice of Treatment.

It was the occasion to present the results of EKHA survey on renal patients’ choice of treatment in Europe and discuss the importance of patient-centred decision-making, the health economic factors behind treatment choice; and how to address health inequalities across Europe and improve access to care. 

View the Forum summary video on EKHA YouTube channel here.

The event outcome report is available here