[Proposals for the prevention of kidney disease in Italy by the Italian Society of Nephrology (SIN)].G Ital Nefrol. 2009 Mar-Apr; 26 Suppl 45:S3-6.GI
Although national epidemiological data on the prevalence of chronic kidney disease in Italy are lacking, local and regional studies report that over 6% of the general population live with an eGFR <60 mL/min/1.73 m2 of body surface. In 2007, the Italian Society of Nephrology (SIN) pointed out the main routes for the widespread recognition of the problem, involving the local agencies (ASLs) of the National Health Service in close collaboration with general practitioners and nephrologists, to ensure a wide range of information and continuous education of the general population on this issue. Special attention should be paid to financial and human resources, the shortage of nephrologists, and the role of the various stakeholders with the aim to counteract the progressive increase of CKD in the Italian population.