In a stunning event at London’s Stationers Hall, Professor Maureen Baker, the new Chair of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners announced that a study into how patients react to diagnosis of Chronic Kidney Disease has won the prestigious Research Paper of the Year Award from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)and sponsors Primary Care Professionals.
The Award gives recognition to an individual or group of researchers who have undertaken and published an exceptional piece of research relating to general practice or primary care.
From a strong field of six award winners, the judges chose researchers from the University of Manchester’s Institute of Population Health and colleagues from the Universities of Keele and Southampton for their exploration of the link between patients’ awareness of their condition and how they became involved in their own care.
The paper ‘Non-disclosure of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in primary care and the limits of instrumental rationality in chronic illness self-management’ was published in the journal Science Direct in 2015.
First author of the paper Dr Gavin Daker-White and his colleagues interviewed 26 CKD patients who had been recruited to a medical trial on how they described themselves in terms of their participation and involvement in consultations, focusing on important components of disease disclosure by GPs.
The paper’s findings also looked at how CKD diagnosis was relayed to patients in a way to meet requirements for the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF).
Dr Dakar-White said: “It is important to give information about a diagnosis of ‘early CKD’ in a way that makes sense to the patient and in the context of their other illnesses and social circumstances. However, if a patient is told that early stage CKD is ‘nothing to worry about’ then why would they adapt their diet, exercise and other lifestyle factors in pursuance of cardiovascular health?”
The RCGP recently ran the Kidney Care Clinical Priority programme, established to support both GPs and patients by providing up to date information and guidance. The programme confirmed that informing and empowering patients in primary care can have a real impact on the long term management of kidney disease.