Survey highlights physical and mental burden of anaemia of chronic kidney disease, with 41% of patients expressing feelings of social isolation
Pubblicato il: 24/09/2020 08:02
- Over half of surveyed patients reported that their disease dominates their day-to-day life
- Experts call for improved understanding and better care
ADDLESTONE, England, Sept. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. today announced findings from a European survey of 200 nephrologists and 203 patients with anaemia of chronic kidney disease (CKD), revealing the burden of the disease on patients' physical and mental health. Over half of patients surveyed reported that their disease dominates their day-to-day life (57%), with 41% of patients expressing feelings of social isolation due to their condition. Experts believe a deeper understanding of the burden of anaemia of CKD on patients is needed amongst healthcare professionals, alongside a greater focus on patients' quality of life in daily practice.
Anaemia is a common complication of CKD, affecting one in five CKD patients.
An Expert Panel of five external members was convened by Astellas to provide their perspectives on the survey results. The Expert Panel included two leading professors of nephrology (UK and Spain), a specialist renal nurse (UK), the President of a European renal nurse association and the President of a national patient advocacy group (Spain). A detailed overview of the survey findings and Expert Panel insights can be found within the full
'There is a clear need to better understand which aspects of a patient's condition are impacting their quality of life.' Jennifer Ann Williams, Specialist Renal Nurse, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, UK.
'It's not surprising that patients experience social isolation as a result of their condition. You feel tired and you don't want to go out or see friends, you don't want to do anything.' Daniel Gallego, President, National Federation of Associations for the Fight Against Kidney Diseases (ALCER), Spain.
'It is important to take into account the individual characteristics of the patient when considering the impact their anaemia can have on their everyday life.' Professor José Portolés Pérez, Nephrologist, Puerta de Hierro de Majadahonda University Hospital, Spain.
Together, these patient, nephrologist and expert insights demonstrate the need for improved understanding from nephrologists of the mental and physical burden of anaemia of CKD for patients, as well as a greater focus on patients' quality of life in the management of the condition.
'At Astellas, changing tomorrow is the ethos that guides everything we do. We recognise that addressing unmet need is often best achieved through working in collaboration with others. This survey is just one of the initiatives we are working on with patient groups and professional organisations to provide value to people with chronic kidney disease, their carers and the healthcare professionals that treat the condition.' Gino Ciotti, Medical Director, Medical Affairs, Nephrology, Astellas.
To find out more about anaemia of CKD visit:
About Beyond CKD: Unveiling the hidden truth of anaemiaBetween January to February 2020, market research company Research Partnership carried out a survey on behalf of
Participants were recruited via online panels and were eligible if they were:
Participants took part in a 25-minute online quantitative survey.
To find out more about the survey, visit
About CKD and AnaemiaCKD is characterised by a progressive loss of kidney function caused by damage to the kidneys resulting from conditions such as hypertension, diabetes or immune-regulated inflammatory conditions.
Anaemia is a common complication of CKD,
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