There is a wide spectrum of kidney disease, which can be rapid onset (acute) or longer term (chronic). CKD is closely related to CVD (cardiovascular disease) and the two processes often co-exist. People with CKD are at a high risk of mortality from CVD. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a major public health concern, with rising incidence and prevalence. In 2012/13 there were 62,107 people aged 18 years and over who had been diagnosed with CKD in Kent. This represents 5.2% of the registered population aged 18 and over.
A number of organisations produce kidney disease statistics both at national and local level.
- Public Health England produce a range of resources on cardiovascular disease, including disease profiles and primary care intelligence packs.
- The National General Practice Profiles present a range of data, including prevalence.
- Office for National Statistics (ONS) provide mortality statistics, which include mortality from kidney disease.
- The National Clinical Audit programme provides information on standards of healthcare being achieved for CKD.