This study is about the prevention of acute kidney injury (AKI), which was called 'acute renal failure' in the past. The kidneys help the body to function in several ways. AKI is a syndrome characterised by a sudden reduction in kidney function, which causes harm, although it often does not have noticeable symptoms. AKI is a serious problem; if not picked up quickly it can lead to the kidneys becoming overwhelmed and shutting down, although some people recover fully from AKI, it can lead to irreversible injury and/or death.
Estimates suggest that many cases of AKI are preventable and some published evidence (in journals and reports) has shown that patients could be helped by health care services in the community, particularly at general practices (GP surgeries) and community pharmacies (local chemists'). Some support for preventing AKI, including tools to help people manage their medicines, have been piloted, but little is known about how these help patients, or what patients or healthcare professionals find useful about these. NHS Salford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is implementing a programme of work which includes several types of interventions designed to prevent AKI and this study will evaluate part of this programme of work.
The research team will carry out an evaluation study that will examine how AKI prevention initiatives are implemented and carry out interviews with people who provide and use these services, plus carers, to give us an in depth understanding of how the services are provided and used and the experiences of relevant people. Each participant will take part in one interview. The project is running over one year.