Thousands of Oxfordshire residents will take part in one of the UK’s largest observational studies this month as GP surgeries team up with researchers to help develop new ways of treating chronic kidney disease (CKD).
More than 3,200 patients across 13 surgeries will take part in the two-year study to investigate how people over the age of 60 progress from mild to more severe forms of the condition.
It is hoped information from the study could help doctors better identify and treat those at risk.
Chief Investigator, professor Richard Hobbs from Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, which will manage the study, said: “This study will help us to see how many new people are diagnosed with CKD, what happens over an extended period of time to those with mild CKD, and what treatments improve, or stop the worsening of kidney function.
“By the end we’ll have an extensive dataset that will help us to answer important new questions.”
Chronic Kidney Disease is recognised by the World Health Organisation as an international health issue and is associated with cardiovascular diseases.