RENAL FAILURE

Scoping reviews of the management of end stage renal failure (National Service Framework)

Background

The Department of Health developed a series of National Service Frameworks (NSF) to give service providers clear standards of best practice in a particular disease area. The Renal-External Reference Group (ERG) is an independent group of experts with a leading role in advising the Government on new health care standards for kidney services. The aims of CRD's scoping reviews were to ensure that all the relevant useful sources of evidence about effects, cost-effectiveness and quality of life were identified and brought to the attention of the Renal-ERG, so they could use the available evidence where appropriate. The Renal-ERG then produced the NSF for Renal Services.

Findings

The scoping reviews conducted by CRD addressed a number of questions relevant to haemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, acute renal failure, transplantation, the management of renal failure in primary care, and palliative care of end stage renal failure.

Conducted by: CRD and the Renal External Reference Group

Publications

Published as supporting evidence to: The National Service Framework for renal service. Part 1: dialysis and transplantation. London: Department of Health; 2004. [available on the Department of Health website]

Published as supporting evidence to: The National Service Framework for renal service. Part 2: chronic kidney diseases, acute renal failure and end of life care. London: Department of Health; 2004. [available on the Department of Health website]

Funding

The DH Policy Research Programme (PRP) funded designated review capacity to enable CRD to provide a timely response to PRP requests for reviews. This review was undertaken as part of that funding.