Journal Article

Burden and Quality of Care Index of Chronic Kidney Disease: Global Burden of Disease Analysis for 1990–2019


  • Mohammad-Mahdi Rashidi
  • Sahar Saeedi Moghaddam
  • Sina Azadnajafabad
  • Mahsa Heidari-Foroozan
  • Mohammad Haddadi
  • Yeganeh Sharifnejad Tehrani
  • Mohammad Keykhaei
  • Erfan Ghasemi
  • Esmaeil Mohammadi
  • Naser Ahmadi
  • Mohammad-Reza Malekpour
  • Sahar Mohammadi Fateh
  • Negar Rezaei
  • Mitra Mehrazma
  • Bagher Larijani
  • Farshad Farzadfar

Background: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) imposes a heavy obscure burden on individuals and health systems. Besides its burden, the quality of care of CKD is less well investigated. In this study, we aimed to explore the global, regional and national trends of CKD burden and quality of care.

Methods: The Global Burden of Disease Study 2019 data were used. Trends of incidence, prevalence, deaths and disability-adjusted life years were studied for the 1990–2019 period in the global aspect. By generating four secondary indices to assess different aspects of quality of care the quality of care index (QCI) was developed to explore the care provided for CKD. Inequities and disparities between various geographic, socio-demographic and age stratifications, and sex were studied using the QCI values.

Results: In 2019, there were 18 986 903 (95% uncertainty interval 17 556 535 to 20 518 156) incident cases of CKD, globally. The overall global QCI score had increased slightly from 78.4 in 1990 to 81.6 in 2019, and it was marginally better in males (QCI score 83.5) than in females (80.3). The highest QCI score was observed in the European region with a score of 92.5, while the African region displayed the lowest QCI with 61.7. Among the age groups, the highest QCI was for children aged between 5 and 9 years old (92.0), and the lowest was in the age group of 20–24 year olds (65.5).

Conclusions: This study revealed that significant disparities remain regarding the quality of care of CKD, and to reach better care for CKD, attention to and care of minorities should be reconsidered. The evidence presented in this study would benefit health policymakers toward better and more efficient control of CKD burden alongside improving the care of this condition.

Experte IfW Kiel


  • Chronische Nierenerkrankung
  • behinderungsangepasste Lebensjahre
  • Epidemiologie
  • globale Krankheitslast
  • Qualität der Gesundheitsversorgung

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