Clinical and Experimental Nephrology

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 144–151 | Cite as

Design and methods of a strategic outcome study for chronic kidney disease: Frontier of Renal Outcome Modifications in Japan

  • Kunihiro Yamagata
  • Hirofumi Makino
  • Tadao Akizawa
  • Kunitoshi Iseki
  • Sadayoshi Itoh
  • Kenjiro Kimura
  • Daisuke Koya
  • Ichiei Narita
  • Tetsuya Mitarai
  • Masanobu Miyazaki
  • Yoshiharu Tsubakihara
  • Tsuyoshi Watanabe
  • Takashi Wada
  • Osamu Sakai
  • Advisory Committee for FROM-J
Original Article

Abstract

Background

The continuous increase in the number of people requiring dialysis is a major clinical and socioeconomical issue in Japan and other countries. This study was designed to encourage chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients to consult a physician, enhance cooperation between nephrologists and general practices, and prevent the progression of kidney disease.

Methods

Subjects comprise CKD patients aged between 40 and 74 years consulting a general physician, and patients in CKD stage 3 with proteinuria and diabetes or hypertension. This trial is a stratified open cluster-randomized study with two intervention groups: group A (weak intervention) and group B (strong intervention). We have recruited 49 local medical associations (clusters) in 15 different prefectures, which were classified into four regions (strata) based on the level of increase rate of dialysis patients. The patients in group A clusters were instructed initially to undergo treatment in accordance with the current CKD treatment guide, whereas patients in group B clusters were not only instructed in the same fashion but also received support from an information technology (IT)-based system designed to help achieve the goals of CKD treatment, consultation support centers, and consultations by dietitians visiting the local general practice offices. We assessed the rates of continued consultation, collaboration between general practitioners and nephrologists, and progression of CKD (as expressed by CKD stage).

Conclusion

Through this study, filling the evidence-practice gap by facilitating effective communication and supporting general physicians and nephrologists, we will establish a CKD care system and decrease the number of advanced-stage CKD patients.

Keywords

Chronic kidney disease Evidence-practice gap Cluster-randomized study Educational intervention Cooperation between nephrologists and general physicians 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We express our thanks to the doctors and dietitians who participated in this study. We also express our thanks for the continuous support from members of the Japanese Society of Nephrology, the Japan Dietetic Association, and the Japanese Medical Association. We further thank Dr. Toshiyuki Imasawa, Dr. Chie Saitoh, Dr. Hirayasu Kai, Dr. Hideto Takahashi, Dr. Masafumi Okada, and Ms. Mariko Doi for valuable discussion and preparation of this manuscript. This study was supported by a grant for a strategic outcome study project from the Ministry of Health, Labor, and Welfare of Japan.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kunihiro Yamagata
    • 1
  • Hirofumi Makino
    • 2
  • Tadao Akizawa
    • 3
  • Kunitoshi Iseki
    • 4
  • Sadayoshi Itoh
    • 5
  • Kenjiro Kimura
    • 6
  • Daisuke Koya
    • 7
  • Ichiei Narita
    • 8
  • Tetsuya Mitarai
    • 9
  • Masanobu Miyazaki
    • 10
  • Yoshiharu Tsubakihara
    • 11
  • Tsuyoshi Watanabe
    • 12
  • Takashi Wada
    • 13
  • Osamu Sakai
    • 14
  • Advisory Committee for FROM-J
  1. 1.Department of Nephrology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human SciencesUniversity of TsukubaTsukubaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Medicine and Clinical ScienceOkayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical SciencesOkayamaJapan
  3. 3.Division of Nephrology, Department of MedicineShowa University School of MedicineTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Dialysis UnitUniversity Hospital of The RyukyusOkinawaJapan
  5. 5.Division of Nephrology, Endocrinology and Vascular MedicineTohoku University Graduate School of MedicineMiyagiJapan
  6. 6.Department of Nephrology and HypertensionSt. Marianna University School of MedicineKanagawaJapan
  7. 7.Division of Endocrinology and MetabolismKanazawa Medical UniversityIshikawaJapan
  8. 8.Division of Clinical Nephrology and RheumatologyNiigata University Graduate School of Medical and Dental ScienceNiigataJapan
  9. 9.Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Saitama Medical CenterSaitama Medical SchoolSaitamaJapan
  10. 10.Department of Internal MedicineMiyazaki ClinicMiyazakiJapan
  11. 11.Department of NephrologyOsaka General Medical CenterOsakaJapan
  12. 12.Department of Internal Medicine IIIFukushima Medical University School of MedicineFukushimaJapan
  13. 13.Department of Laboratory Medicine, Institute of Medical, Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences, Faculty of MedicineKanazawa UniversityIshikawaJapan
  14. 14.Japan Kidney FoundationTokyoJapan

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