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The German Chronic Kidney Disease (GCKD) study: design and methods

Eckardt, Kai-Uwe ; Bärthlein, Barbara ; Baid-Agrawal, Seema ; Beck, Andreas ; Busch, Martin ; Eitner, Frank ; Ekici, Arif B ; Floege, Jürgen ; Gefeller, Olaf ; Haller, Hermann ; Hilge, Robert ; Hilgers, Karl F ; Kielstein, Jan T ; Krane, Vera ; Köttgen, Anna ; Kronenberg, Florian ; Oefner, Peter J. ; Prokosch, Hans-Ulrich ; Reis, André ; Schmid, Matthias ; Schaeffner, Elke ; Schultheiss, Ulla T ; Seuchter, Susanne A ; Sitter, Thomas ; Sommerer, Claudia ; Walz, Gerd ; Wanner, Christoph ; Wolf, Gunter ; Zeier, Martin ; Titze, Stephanie


BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is increasingly recognized as a global health problem. The conditions leading to CKD, the health impact of CKD and the prognosis differ markedly between affected individuals. In particular, renal failure and cardiovascular mortality are competing risks for CKD patients. Opportunities for targeted intervention are very limited so far and require an improved ...


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