The CLAHRC research team is supporting and evaluating the improvement of care for acute kidney injury (AKI) in secondary care and at the interface between secondary and primary care. The researchers will be supporting two quality improvement (QI) initiatives which aim to improve the identification of AKI and reduce the number of cases of AKI: one at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and one at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. This project has a key focus on patient and carer experience, which will be used to inform the work.
AKI increases mortality by up to 30% and that, in the UK, up to 100,000 deaths each year are associated with AKI. Up to 30% of these deaths could be prevented with the right care and treatment. AKI is common, harmful, costly and preventable and accounts for one in five emergency admissions into hospital.
This project has four elements:
- To seek to understand the experience of care for patients who have an episode of care complicated by AKI
- To evaluate the implementation of AKI assurance and QI initiatives
- To look at the design of sustainable models of AKI care to support better coordination of hospital care and an improved interface with primary and community care
- To investigate a platform for potential larger scale evaluation.