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Outpatient management of the kidney patient for the primary care practitioner

Guest Editors:
Bernard G Jaar, MD, MPH: Nephrologist, Epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Sumeska ThavarajahNephrologist at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
David S. Weisman: Associate Program Director, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown School of Medicine, Washington, DC

BMC Nephrology and BMC Primary Care have published this Collection on Outpatient management of the kidney patient for the primary care practitioner. We welcomed original research articles, reviews, case reports, and commentaries that examine various aspects of outpatient management of kidney disease patients in primary care settings.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Bernard G Jaar, MD, MPH: Nephrologist, Epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Jaar is a practicing nephrologist and epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland with an interest in outcomes research to improve the care of patients with kidney disease.


Sumeska Thavarajah: Nephrologist at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Dr. Sumeska Thavarajah is a nephrologist currently on the faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She is an active clinician who focuses on CKD and dialysis care. She has a strong interest in both profession and patient education program development. She has done a lot of work with the National Kidney Foundation and served as the Chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the NKF of MD for 7 years. She continues to be part of the local medical advisory board and the national Scientific Advisory Board. In 2019, she started to contribute to BMC Nephrology as a blog editor.

David S. Weisman: Associate Program Director, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown School of Medicine, Washington, DC

Dr. David Weisman is an associate program director and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown School of Medicine. Dr. Weisman’s scholarly work focuses on improving residency training in evidence-based medicine, residents’ engagement in quality improvement activities and research that involves experiential learning and hypothesis testing. He has completed a certificate in point of care ultrasound training through SHM/CHEST and has developed a point of care ultrasound curriculum focused on enhancing resident clinical assessments. In addition, he has a special interest in teaching students and residents about interpretation of the medical literature. He oversees the evidence-based medicine curriculum, monthly Journal Clubs and moderates MedStar North Grand Rounds. He has helped to develop a resident research curriculum and has published in several peer-reviewed journals with residents and students. He is a triple recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching Award and received the Dr. Conley Award for recognition for resident teaching and research and the Theodore E. Woodward Award for contributions to medical education by Maryland American College of Physicians.

About the collection

BMC Nephrology and BMC Primary Care have published this Collection on Outpatient management of the kidney patient for the primary care practitioner.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing public health concern worldwide. According to the National Library of Medicine, the prevalence of CKD is estimated to affect more than 10% of the general population, and it is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, end-stage renal disease, and premature death. Primary care physicians are often the first point of contact for patients with CKD, and they play a critical role in the early identification, management, and referral of patients with CKD.

This special issue aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of outpatient management of the kidney patient for the primary care practitioner. We encouraged submissions that addressed the following topics, but were not limited to:

  • Diagnostic strategies for early detection of CKD in primary care
  • Novel interventions to improve outcomes for CKD patients in primary care
  • Tools and strategies to aid primary care providers in the management of CKD patients
  • Approaches to managing CKD-related complications in primary care
  • The role of primary care in the management of CKD patients with comorbidities
  • The use of technology in the management of CKD patients in primary care

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  1. Self-efficacy of patients on hemodialysis is considered a main component of the successful management of chronic kidney diseases. The self-efficacy of these patients may be influenced by many individual and so...

    Authors: Farzaneh Safi, Hossein Namdar Areshtanab, Mansour Ghafourifard and Hossein Ebrahimi
    Citation: BMC Nephrology 2024 25:207
  2. Many patients with diabetic kidney disease (DKD) do not receive evidence-based, guideline-recommended treatment shown to reduce DKD progression and complications. Proactive electronic consultations (e-consults...

    Authors: Chi D. Chu, Daniel Dohan, Michelle M. Estrella, Michael G. Shlipak and Delphine S. Tuot
    Citation: BMC Primary Care 2024 25:197
  3. Advanced chronic kidney disease (ACKD) is associated with a high risk of adverse cardiovascular and renal events and has a significant impact on quality of life and life expectancy. Several studies have identi...

    Authors: Elena Pintado-Outumuro, Victoria Morin-Fraile, Betlem Salvador-González, Llúcia Benito, Maricel Julve-Ibáñez, M.-Pilar Sancho-Campos, Carolina Alves-Tafur and Iris Lumillo-Gutiérrez
    Citation: BMC Primary Care 2024 25:177
  4. Polypharmacy would increase the risk of adverse drug events and the burden of renal drug excretion among older people. Nevertheless, the association between the number of medication and the risk of chronic kid...

    Authors: Bowen Zhang, Jingrui Wang, Nan Liu, Weijia Liu, Ruihan Xi and Peixi Wang
    Citation: BMC Nephrology 2024 25:169
  5. The commonest indication for hospitalization in COVID-19 patients is hypoxemia or severe respiratory symptoms. However, COVID-19 disease may result in extrapulmonary complications including kidney-related path...

    Authors: S. H. Ooi, K. P. Ng, Pavai Sthaneshwar, S. K. Lim, P. Y. Khor, J. Y. Lim, W. S. Siow, K. W. Lim and Muhummad Azlan
    Citation: BMC Nephrology 2024 25:122
  6. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) requires accurate prediction of renal replacement therapy (RRT) initiation risk. This study developed deep learning algorithms (DLAs) to predict RRT risk in CKD patients by incorpo...

    Authors: Ka-Chun Leung, Wincy Wing-Sze Ng, Yui-Pong Siu, Anthony Kai-Ching Hau and Hoi-Kan Lee
    Citation: BMC Nephrology 2024 25:95
  7. Chronic kidney disease affects more than 10% of the world’s population and is a non-communicable disease of global concern and priority. There is a significant implementation gap between best practice guidelin...

    Authors: Hannah Wallace, Qiumian Wang, Tanita Botha, Barbara Hunter, Natalie Lumsden and Craig Nelson
    Citation: BMC Nephrology 2024 25:57
  8. The psychological problems of hemodialysis (HD) patients are prominent, and benefit finding (BF) have been proven beneficial to physical and mental health, fewer researchers explored BF in HD patients. The aim...

    Authors: Jie Yang, Hong-Li Yan, Yong-Qi Li, Lei Zhang, Xiao-Yan Qiu, Yi-He Tian, Yan-Lin Gong, Chen-Ling Luo, Jing Wu and Jing Chu
    Citation: BMC Nephrology 2024 25:46
  9. Respiratory sarcopenia is characterized by the weakness of respiratory muscles associated with sarcopenia due to aging or systemic diseases such as chronic kidney disease (CKD). Patients with CKD undergoing di...

    Authors: Francini Porcher Andrade, Sheila Borges, César Alencar da Silva Filho, Taís Ferreira Martins, Heloíse Benvenutti, Júlia de Melo Cardoso de Freitas, Fernando Saldanha Thomé, Cristina Karohl, Gabriela Correa Souza, Graziella França Bernardelli Cipriano and Paula Maria Eidt Rovedder
    Citation: BMC Nephrology 2024 25:41
  10. Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) are at increased risk for multiple adverse events, several of which have been proven to be less likely with the use of sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors (SGLT...

    Authors: Deborah L. Pestka, Daniel Murphy, Pearl Huynh, Jessica A. Rechtzigel, Shari Kjos, Lisa Marie Ellich, Adam N. Kaplan, Brent C. Taylor, Melissa Atwood, Beth A. Polsfuss, Joseph Y. Lee and Areef Ishani
    Citation: BMC Nephrology 2024 25:14
  11. Physical inactivity is prevalent among individuals with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and is linked to unfavorable outcomes. In recent years, daily steps have emerged as a prominent target for interventions in ...

    Authors: Liuyan Huang, Hui Wang, Yan Bai, Huachun Zhang, Fan Zhang and Yifei Zhong
    Citation: BMC Nephrology 2024 25:10
  12. Identifying age-related trend of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is necessary to assess whether kidney function is healthily aging. This study aimed to investigate the application of CKD-EPI, FAS, ...

    Authors: Lu Wei, Xue Shen, Juan Zhang, Zhenzhu Yong, Qun Zhang and Weihong Zhao
    Citation: BMC Nephrology 2023 24:342
  13. Kidney supportive care (KSC) represents a novel approach wherein a multidisciplinary team of nephrology experts offers active symptom management, advance care planning, shared decision-making, conservative tre...

    Authors: Xue Li and Jin Kai Luo
    Citation: BMC Nephrology 2023 24:316
  14. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) represents a public health burden worldwide and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Most patients with CKD are managed by primary care practitioners and this ed...

    Authors: David S. Weisman, Sumeska Thavarajah and Bernard G. Jaar
    Citation: BMC Nephrology 2023 24:295

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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Articles. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read the submission guidelines of the journal you are submitting to, BMC Nephrology and BMC Primary Care. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, BMC Nephrology SNAPP and BMC Primary Care SNAPP. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Outpatient management of the kidney patient for the primary care" from the dropdown menu.

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The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.