ASSIST-CKD – How are we measuring success?

A key aim of the ASSIST-CKD quality improvement programme is to see if the benefits observed at the pilot site (Heart of England Foundation Trust -HEFT, Birmingham) are transferable elsewhere.

To this end we are working closely with the UK Renal Registry who collect and report data on all people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) in the UK. Our most important quantitative analysis will involve looking at the rate of late presentation for dialysis at all our participating sites and seeing whether this has changed since implementing the intervention. This is significant because delayed referral to specialist care makes it more difficult to prepare for dialysis or a kidney transplant.

We are also working the Department of Health on a health economic analysis.

The headline results from these analyses won’t be available for some time yet (summer 2020) and so in the meantime we are producing a qualitative report (available late Autumn 2018) and also looking at more detailed local information in a smaller number of sites – if you are interested in taking part in the latter then get in touch!