Performance Improvement 2009. Do Laboratories Adequately Report Findings That Help Clinicians Detect Kidney Disease?


This study asked to what extent and under what conditions accredited US laboratories report estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Reporting eGFR is important because it could help clinicians detect kidney disease. At present the extent of reporting of eGFR done by clinical laboratories is not known. The study evaluated a national random sample of 6350 clinical laboratories. Laboratories surveyed by paper mail and the Internet were then followed-up with telephone calls.

Physician office laboratories were not as likely to report eGFR as much as other types of laboratories. For the laboratories that reported eGFR, it was routinely reported along with adult serum creatinine results. Independent laboratories tended to report eGFR only upon request. Laboratories with a high volume were more likely to report eGFR than other laboratory types. The evaluation concluded that the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) should continue working with its Laboratory Working Group and others in the clinical laboratory community to promote and improve routine reporting of eGFR.

Report Title: Prevalence of Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate (eGFR) Reporting among US Clinical Laboratories; Report may be obtained from Federal Contact
Agency Sponsor: NIH, National Institutes of Health
Federal Contact: Eileen Newmann, 301-435-8116
Performer: Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide; ,
PIC ID: 9076

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