Most patients hospitalized with acute kidney injury (AKI) don’t get the follow-up help recommended by specialists, according to a new study. Researchers asked 145 Canadian nephrologists about the factors that influence their likelihood to recommend follow-up for patients after a hospitalization with AKI. These responses were then compared with rates of community follow-up with nephrologists for patients hospitalized with AKI in Alberta between 2005 and 2014. Their results revealed that only 24% of patients that were recommended a follow-up saw a specialist within a year of hospitalization. Follow-ups were less common in patients over 80 years old, and more common among patients with chronic kidney disease.


Divya J. Karsanji, Neesh Pannu, Braden J. Manns, Brenda R. Hemmelgarn, Zhi Tan, Kailash Jindal, Nairne Scott-Douglas, Matthew T. James

Corresponding author:

Matthew James, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, AB, Email:

Original paper published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology on October 12, 2017.