Collaboration between primary care physicians (PCPs) and nephrologists in the care of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) is widely advocated, but how do these clinicians prefer to collaborate? That was the focus of recent research on CKD care (Diamantidis CJ et al. Primary Care-Specialist Collaboration in the Care of Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol, February 2011).
“We were able to highlight how primary care providers and nephrologists differ on certain aspects of the care of patients with chronic kidney disease,” said first author Clarissa Jonas Diamantidis, MD, of the University of Maryland Medical Systems. “We were also able to identify potential barriers to collaboration among primary care providers and nephrologists.”