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Quality of Care

Improvements in quality of care can help prevent CKD from progressing to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) as well as other adverse consequences. One improvement that can help with a patient’s quality of life is the urine albumin test that is used to monitor and help control disease progression. Only about a third of veterans using the Veterans Affairs (VA) health system are getting this test. Also, less than 40% of VA patients with advanced stages of CKD were being seen by nephrologists, also known as a kidney specialist, in 2018.