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Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Surveillance System
Risk Factor and Theme: Age

About 1 in 10 people have some degree of CKD. It can develop at any age and various conditions can lead to CKD. However, CKD becomes more common with increasing age. After the age of 40, kidney filtration begins to fall by approximately 1% per year. In addition to the natural aging of the kidneys, many conditions that damage the kidneys are more common in older people including diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
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Age-Related Indicators Most Recent Year Data Source
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Prevalence refers to the presence of a health-related condition (e.g., CKD) in a particular population at a specific point in time (point prevalence) or, less frequently, during a specific period (period prevalence); it may be expressed as a count (number of prevalent cases) or as the proportion of cases in the population (prevalence of the condition).
Prevalence of CKD in the General Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2016 NHANES
Prevalence of CKD in the Health Care System Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2018 NATIONAL VA
2018 NATIONAL VA
2016 USRDS
2016 CMS-Medicare, Clinformatics Commercial, Clinformatics Medicare Advantage
2017 CMS-Medicare, NATIONAL VA, Clinformatics Commercial, Clinformatics Medicare Advantage
Prevalence of CKD Towards Tracking Healthy People 2020 Goals
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Incidence refers to the occurrence or detection of new health-related events (e.g., CKD onset) in a particular population at risk during a given period; it may be expressed as a count (number of incident events), a risk (probability of the event occurring), or rate (number of events per person-time at risk).
Incidence of CKD in the General Population
Incidence of CKD in the Health Care System Population
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Without awareness and knowledge of chronic kidney disease (CKD in the general and medical communities, the burden of CKD (prevalence and incidence) cannot be diminished. Early awareness of CKD could slow progression to kidney failure and mitigate associated complications and outcomes.
Person Awareness of CKD
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2014 NHANES
Provider Awareness of CKD
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2018 NATIONAL VA
CKD Awareness Towards Tracking HP2020 Goals
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Identification of those at risk for development of CKD forms an integral part of a CKD surveillance system. First, examining changes in the burden of risk factors for CKD can help predict the potential future burden of CKD. For example, if the prevalence of an important risk factor is rising, it is likely that the prevalence of CKD will rise accordingly. Second, assessing the burden of risk factors can also help identify which interventions are likely to have the most impact on reducing the burden of CKD. Early intervention in those with risk factors may help prevent or delay the onset of CKD, or in the case of established CKD, help slow progression or reduce related morbidity and mortality.
Diabetes in the General Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2016 NHANES
Diabetes in the Health Care System Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2018 CMS-Medicare, NATIONAL VA, Clinformatics Commercial, Clinformatics Medicare Advantage
Hypertension in the General Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2014 NHANES
Hypertension in the Health Care System Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2012 CMS-Medicare, NATIONAL VA
2012 CMS-Medicare, NATIONAL VA
2012 CMS-Medicare, NATIONAL VA
2018 CMS-Medicare, NATIONAL VA, Clinformatics Commercial, Clinformatics Medicare Advantage
Obesity in the General Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2016 NHANES
2016 NHANES
CVD in the General Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2016 NHANES
Smoking in the General Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2016 NHANES
Age in the General Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2050 U.S. Census
2050 U.S. Census
Age in the Health Care System Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2018 CMS-Medicare, NATIONAL VA, Clinformatics Commercial, Clinformatics Medicare Advantage
Race/Ethnicity in the General Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2050 U.S. Census
Race/Ethnicity in the Health Care System Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2018 CMS-Medicare, NATIONAL VA, Clinformatics Commercial, Clinformatics Medicare Advantage
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CKD is characterized by a high burden of comorbidities such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and others. Many of these conditions can be both a cause and consequence of CKD. In the presence of CKD, outcomes among patients with other comorbidities are typically worse than in the absence of CKD.  The most important consequences of CKD include renal disease progression that has the potential to lead to end stage renal disease (ESRD), or death.
Physical and Mental Functioning in CKD
Risk Factors for CKD Complications Towards Tracking HP2020 Goals
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Assessment of the processes of care and practice patterns related to the detection and management of CKD is an integral part of a national CKD surveillance system. Tracking the processes of care related to CKD could be instrumental in facilitating the implementation of early diagnostic steps and institution of appropriate therapies to either prevent the development of disease or slow progression of established disease. Examination of administrative health care data is a cost-efficient method for tracking processes of care in the practice setting.
Laboratory Testing for CKD in the Health Care System
Nephrology Care Prior to ESRD
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2018 NATIONAL VA
2005 CMS-ESRD
Use of Medications in CKD
Medication Use
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2010 NHANES
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Improvements in population health rely on a strong health care system to deliver quality care and prevention services. Indicators in this section monitor the capacity for service delivery, health care workforce, and health care financing related to kidney disease. Examples include health insurance coverage, number of primary care physicians and nephrologists, laboratory reporting of estimated glomerular filtration rate, and the availability of transplant centers and dialysis facilities.
 
Insurance Status in the General Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2016 NHANES
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Although the prevalence of CKD and its risk factors in U.S. children and adolescents is expected to be far lower than that in the adult population, capturing information about this population in a CKD surveillance system is of utmost importance, as these children and adolescents will likely become part of the at-risk adult population, or even the adult CKD population, over time. Additionally, children and adolescents with CKD differ in many important ways (in both cause and outcomes of disease) and thus should be examined separately from their adult counterparts.
Burden of CKD in the North American Pediatric Population
Burden of Risk Factors for CKD in the North American Pediatric Population
Health Consequences in the North American Pediatric CKD Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2013 CKiD
Burden of CKD in the U.S. Pediatric Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2015 USRDS
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Burden of CKD in Native Americans
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
1999 SHS
1999 SHS
Risk Factors for CKD in Native Americans
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
1992 SHS
1992 SHS
1992 SHS
1992 SHS
Health Consequences of CKD in Native Americans
Processes of Care in CKD in Native Americans
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Burden of CKD in the Polycystic Kidney Disease Population
Traditional topics considered for inclusion in the surveillance system cover areas of chronic kidney disease that are widely accepted and of direct relevance to public health based upon peer-reviewed research published over time. The section on emerging topics is designed to bring to light recent advances in chronic kidney disease relevant to public health surveillance of CKD. While it currently focuses on risk factors – both modifiable and non-modifiable, it is intended in the future to include other topics that provide novel insights into the burden of kidney disease, its geographic distribution and temporal trends, advances in processes of care (both diagnostic and therapeutic), and newer insights into awareness of CKD, associated health outcomes or health system capacity. These emerging topics could eventually evolve into more established concepts warranting formal attention in a CKD surveillance system and potentially even have widespread population health management, prevention and/or policy implications.
Lifetime Incidence of CKD in the General Population
IndicatorMost Recent YearData Source
2010 NHANES and the CKD HPM


Suggested Citation:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic Kidney Disease Surveillance System—United States.
website. http://www.cdc.gov/ckd
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