MIMS Education

A Primary Care Approach to Diabetic Kidney Disease

A Primary Care Approach to Diabetic Kidney Disease

Family MedicineGeneral PracticeInternal MedicineNephrology
A badge with ribbon in color black No CME/CPD credits | An analog clock in color black 25 Minutes | A black calendar with white triangle in center that has a black exclamation point in the middle 10 Nov 2024 


About this course

Diabetic kidney disease (DKD), previously known as diabetic nephropathy, is the leading cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) worldwide. Thorough clinical history, physical examination, and pertinent diagnostic procedures play a key role in the diagnosis of DKD and in the prevention of disease progression. A comprehensive management approach to DKD includes both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions and a collaborative effort with a specialist and other healthcare providers.

This e-learning module will discuss the pathophysiology and clinical manifestations of diabetic kidney disease, along with its recommended management approach in the primary care setting.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define diabetic kidney disease (DKD), and understand its pathophysiology and natural history.
  • Properly evaluate an individual suspected of DKD.
  • Understand the approach to managing patients with DKD at the primary care level.

Topics covered

  • Introduction
  • Global burden of disease
  • Risk factors
  • Pathophysiology and disease progression
  • Criteria for diabetic kidney disease
  • Management of DKD at the primary care level
  • When to refer to a specialist

Keywords: diabetic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy, diabetes mellitus complication, hyperglycemia, renal fibrosis