It is estimated that as many as 12 million U.S. residents have early renal disease (also called kidney disease) and may go on to develop renal failure. If a patient with renal disease becomes one of the over 360,000 individuals with renal failure, he or she can expect to have a poor chance of survival, relative to age-matched persons who do not have renal disease.
Much of this poor outcome is attributable to inadequate attention to unrecognized complications of renal disease such as anemia, heart disease, malnutrition, and bone disease that develop long before the onset of renal failure. Furthermore, there is growing evidence, which demonstrates that the rate of renal function loss can be slowed with appropriate therapy.
The Early Renal Insufficiency (ERI) Program, run by the University of Maryland Medical Center's Division of Nephrology, has been established to assist primary care providers in the care of this high-risk patient group at the earliest stages of renal disease.
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