Management of chronic kidney disease in Taiwan: Room for quality improvement

Hsin Wei Kuo, Shang Shyue Tsai, Mao Meng Tiao, Yi Chun Liu, Chun Yuh Yang*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: End-stage renal disease is epidemic in Taiwan. Although early intervention in chronic kidney disease (CKD) has proven to be effective in modifying its clinical course, little is known about the quality and trend of CKD care in Taiwan. Methods: From a nationally representative database of 200,000 individuals, CKD patients were identified by diagnostic codes, and their medical interventions were extracted from service claims. The predictors for care delivery were analyzed in a logistic regression model. Results: Of the 7,740 patients with CKD, only 54.8% had follow-up of renal function. Tests for anemia, calcium/phosphorus and lipid profile were performed in 34.5%, 5.2% and 40.9% of patients, respectively. Most hypertensive CKD patients have used antihypertensive agents, but only 58.1% of them received angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs). Of CKD patients with diabetes, less than half had glycosylated hemoglobin measured, and only 49.7% received ACEIs/ARBs. We observed an encouraging trend in the use of ACEIs/ARBs and in most aspects of laboratory monitoring. Conclusions: Management of CKD patients is suboptimal, and lack of awareness is common. Further work is needed to evaluate the impact of educational initiatives and multidisciplinary teams on outcomes in CKD patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)654-661
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nephrology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2009


  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Clinical guidelines
  • Predictors
  • Quality of care


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