adult screening programme

Kidney disease

The kidneys filter toxins from our blood and help to regulate blood flow around our bodies. In kidney disease, damage to the kidneys means they don't perform these functions properly. This causes a wide range of symptoms.

Read more about chronic kidney disease and glomerulonephritis on the NHS website.

UK NSC screening recommendation Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in April 2011.

Screening is not currently recommended for this condition.

The UK NSC does not currently recommend screening for glomerulonephritis (GN). This is because:

  • there is no evidence that screening would be effective at improving outcomes for those with a positive result
  • there is a lack of effective treatments for those who receive a positive result
  • programmes in other countries have not been found to be clinically or cost effective

When next reviewed, GN and chronic kidney disease may be combined into one screening programme.

Supporting documents from the 2011 review

Evidence summary Kidney Disease (2010)
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.

UK NSC coversheet & consultation responses Glomerulonephritis (2011)
This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.

Review cycle

Date previous review completed: 2011

Next review estimated to be completed: 2021 to 2022.

To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.

Organisations interested in Kidney disease

These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.

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