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Winnipeg Researcher’s Kidney-Failure Model Going Global

January 12, 2016 10:11 AM | News

Dr. Navdeep Tangri

Dr. Navdeep Tangri (SOGH.CA)

A Winnipeg researcher’s work has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on predicting the risk of kidney failure.

Dr. Navdeep Tangri developed a risk equation using Canadian patient data and his work will be adopted globally.

The risk equation uses the patient records for over 700,000 kidney patients in more than 30 countries.

“I’m really proud to have the study published and grateful for the collaboration of my colleagues at CDIC and at the Chronic Kidney Disease Prognosis Consortium internationally,” Tangri said. “We’re working to have this model accepted globally by physicians so that we can make a real difference in preventing kidney failure worldwide.”

Tangri and his colleagues at the Seven Oaks Hospital Chronic Disease Innovation Centre (Seven Oaks CDIC) have been working with the model since it was first invented and have integrated the model to reduce wait lists and improve kidney care at Seven Oaks Hospital.

While chronic kidney disease is fairly common in Manitoba and other jurisdictions, kidney failure is relatively rare. Kidney failure is, however, devastating for patients who require lifesaving dialysis. That’s also very costly for healthcare systems. Patients who know their risk can take concrete steps to reduce that risk with diet, exercise, and taking medications prescribed by their physician.

A new website has been launched for family physicians to use the risk prediction model for their patients, including guidelines for managing low risk patients and advice for referring higher risk patients to a specialist.