KDOQI US commentary on the KDIGO clinical practice guideline for the prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of hepatitis C in CKD

Craig E Gordon, Ethan M Balk, Bryan N Becker, Peter A Crooks, Bertrand L Jaber, Cynda A Johnson, Maureen A Michael, Brian J G Pereira, Katrin Uhlig, Adeera Levin
American Journal of Kidney Diseases 2008, 52 (5): 811-25
KDIGO (Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes) is an international initiative with a key mission of developing clinical practice guidelines in the area of chronic kidney disease (CKD). KDIGO recently published evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the prevention, diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of hepatitis C virus infection in individuals with CKD. The process of adaptation of international guidelines is an important task that, although guided by general principles, needs to be individualized for each region and country. Therefore, the National Kidney Foundation-Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative (KDOQI) convened a multidisciplinary group to comment on the application and implementation of the KDIGO guidelines for patients with CKD in the United States. This commentary summarizes the process undertaken by this group in considering the guidelines in the context of health care delivery in the United States. Guideline statements are presented, followed by a succinct discussion and annotation of the rationale for the statements. Research recommendations that are of particular interest to the United States are then summarized to highlight future areas of inquiry that would enable updating of the guidelines.

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