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Information Prescription – diabetes and kidneys

"This tool gives a clear description of what the kidneys do in simple easy to understand language. It sets out the possible complications which could occur but then offers practical, appropriate advice in helping to prevent such damage."

Practice Nurse

Diabetes is the most common cause of end stage renal failure (ERSF) in the UK. Those with ERSF require dialysis or a kidney transplant. It is thought that 30–40% of people with diabetes may eventually develop serious kidney complications. Already around 20% of those starting dialysis in the UK have diabetes.

As kidney function decline or failure is a complication of diabetes, it is essential that people with diabetes are having their recommended kidney tests. But, as shown on the National Diabetes Audit 2014–15 report, 44.1% of people with Type 1 diabetes and 25.4% of people with Type 2 diabetes are not getting their recommended kidney checks.

We have taken what we have learnt about how the Information Prescriptions work and have applied it to the Kidney Information Prescriptions. There are two kidney Information Prescriptions which cover:

  • Diabetes and keeping your kidneys healthy – a tool that helps people with diabetes understand the link between their diabetes management and kidney function and how they can look after themselves to prevent any decline in kidney function.
  • Diabetes and kidney disease – this tool gives people with diabetes and kidney disease information to help prevent any further complications that could result in dialysis or a kidney transplant.

Coming soon…

We are currently working with primary care IT companies to embed the Information Prescription into their systems.

The tool will then pop up for relevant patients, significantly increasing the speed and effectiveness of the intervention as key patient data is automatically populated and saved on the medical record to support continuity of care. Until they’re live in the primary care IT systems, you can download the tool as a PDF to print and use with patients. Alternatively, download the word version to save and use as a template.

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