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Kidney Disease, Race, and Ethnicity

Blacks, Hispanics, and Native Americans suffer from higher rates of renal failure. Higher rates of chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension in these populations along with gaps in access to care contribute to these inequities. 

Estimated glomerular filtration (eGFR) is a diagnostic tool that estimates kidney function and is used to detect and monitor kidney disease.  The eGFR equation includes age, sex, and race.  Find out below why using race in the equation is flawed and can lead to differences in what drugs are administered or withheld, how quickly patients are referred to nephrology for the management of CKD, clinical trial eligibility, and access to renal transplant waitlists. 

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