INTRODUCTION: People with type2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and diabetic kidney disease (DKD) have increased morbidity and mortality risk. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi) or angiotensinII receptor blockers (ARB) are recommended to slow kidney function decline in DKD. This representative, real-world data analysis of patients with T2DM was performed to detect onset of DKD and determine methods and timing of DKD diagnosis and time to initiation of ACEi/ARB therapy.METHODS: Patients diagnosed with T2DM before January1, 2016 who developed DKD between January1, 2017 and June30, 2019 were identified from a longitudinal ambulatory electronic health record (EHR) dataset (Veradigm Inc). Each record was analyzed using the CLinical INTelligence engine (CLINT, HealthPals, Inc.) to identify delays and gaps in diagnosing DKD. DKD was diagnosed through two reduced estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR; <60mL/min/1.73m2) measurements at least 90days apart, a single elevated urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR; >30mg/g) measurement, or ICD-9/10 diagnosis codes for DKD and/or albuminuria. Time to diagnose (TTD), time to treat (TTT), and diagnosis to treatment time were assessed.RESULTS: Of 6,499,409 patients with T2DM before January 2016, 245,978 developed DKD between January1, 2017 and June30, 2019. In this DKD cohort, ca. 50% were first identified through EHR diagnosis and ca. 50% by UACR or eGFR lab-based diagnosis. In patients who had UACR/eGFR assessed, more than 90% exhibited DKD-level results on the first diagnostic test. Average TTD after eGFR labs was 2years; average TTT with ACEi/ARB was 6-9months after DKD lab evidence. The majority of patients who developed DKD received ACEi/ARB therapy 6-7months after diagnosis.CONCLUSION: In a contemporary, large national cohort of patients with T2DM, progression to DKD was common but likely underrepresented. The low rate of DKD-screening labs, along with sizable delays in diagnosis of DKD and initiation of ACEi/ARB therapy, indicates that many patients who progress to DKD are not being properly treated.
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