Late referral for assessment of renal failure

Frank Kee, E.A. Reaney, Alexander Maxwell, Damian Fogarty, Gerard Savage, Christopher Patterson

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It has been recommended that adult patients with a serum creatinine above 150 µmol/l should be referred to a nephrologist for specialist assessment. This study ascertained all patients in Northern Ireland with creatinine above this concentration in 2001 (n?=?19 286 ) to see if this triggered referral within the subsequent year. After exclusion of those who were already known to a nephrologist and those who had acute renal failure, it was found that younger patients and diabetic patients were more likely to be referred. There was no difference in referral rates between male and female patients. However, only 6.5% of all non-diabetic subjects and 19% of diabetic patients were referred within 12 months after a first increased serum creatinine test.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-388
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2005

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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