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Dr Kathryn Griffith

Dr Kathryn Griffith explains what chronic kidney disease is, its natural history and possible progression and the health risks that are associated with it. She talks about how kidney function is checked and managed by GPs and what advice can be given to patients.

  • Background

    Dr Kathryn Griffith is a GP in York with special interests in cardiovascular disorders and renal (kidney) health. She is the Royal College of General Practitioners clinical champion for Kidney...

  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Royston Y

    Royston Y has been having regular blood and urine tests for many years but the first time his kidney function came up was when he received an invitation to help with research into kidney health. His blood pressure and cholesterol levels are controlled by medication.

  • Background

    Royston Y is single and a retired chartered accountant. Ethnic background: White British.

  • Age at interview 82
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Jim B

    In 2005 Jim B was told by the renal unit he had a damaged kidney. When his condition stabilised he was transferred to the care of GPs. Despite test results showing chronic kidney disease that was worsening, he was not told that his kidney function was a cause for concern until 2011 when it had reached stage 5. He is currently having peritoneal dialysis from the renal unit pending a kidney transplant.

  • Background

    Jim B is married with two adult children. He is a retired local government officer. Ethnic background: White British.

  • Age at interview 70
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Dr Dan Lasserson

    Dr Dan Lasserson explains the risks associated with having chronic kidney disease and why it is important for doctors to diagnose kidney problems early and inform their patients about it.

  • Background

    Dr Dan Lasserson is a Senior Clinical Researcher in the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at the University of Oxford. He does research in two major areas: chronic kidney...

  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Professor Gene Feder

    Professor Gene Feder explains how treatment in primary care for cardiovascular conditions will benefit kidney health, how GPs can support their patients in controlling their blood pressure and improving their lifestyle. He also talks about GPs attitudes towards guidelines on kidney health.

  • Background

    Gene Feder is a GP in Bristol and Professor of Primary Care at the University of Bristol. His research interests include the management of cardiovascular risk and conditions in general...

  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Tina

    Tina's kidneys began to fail about 5 years ago after she was treated for a burst abscess in her gut caused by Crohn's disease. Her kidney function was restored to stage 3 where it has remained ever since. Tina has several health problems requiring lots of different medicines, and she sometimes feels depressed by it all.

  • Background

    Tina is divorced with an adult daughter. She trained and worked in nursing until age 27 when she had to stop work after being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and classed...

  • Age at interview 54
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Justine

    Justine was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy (inflammation of the kidneys) while having an eye condition investigated in 2011. After being monitored at the renal unit for 2 year she now has 4-monthly checks at the GP surgery and her kidney function has remained stable. She also has a heart murmur and takes blood pressure medication.

  • Background

    Justine works as a self-employed lorry driver for a recycling company, so her job involves a lot of walking and heavy lifting. She is married, no children. Ethnic background: White...

  • Age at interview 44
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Pat

    Pat has high blood pressure, claudication of the arteries and multiple other health problems without a clear diagnosis. She feels frustrated that she can't do the things she used to enjoy and hopes that currently ongoing investigations in primary and secondary care may lead to treatment that can help her regain a better quality of life.

  • Background

    Pat worked as a Health Services Assistant until she had to take early retirement in 2007 due to ill health. She lives with her husband. They have 3 children and...

  • Age at interview 62
  • Sex/Gender Female
  • Bernard and Shelley

    Bernard has mild diabetes and heart disease and had a bypass operation 5 years ago. Shelley has osteoarthritis, insulin-dependent diabetes and Charcot's feet. Both had been monitored for mild kidney impairment. A few weeks ago Bernard was admitted to hospital with pneumonia and his kidney function rapidly declined.

  • Background

    Bernard and Shelley have been married for 42 years. They live by themselves and care for each other as best as they can. They met while working for the NHS;...

  • Age at interview 79
  • Sex/Gender Male
  • Martin

    Martin had chemotherapy for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2009. He has been well since but attends regular hospital check-ups. He also has rheumatoid arthritis and atrial fibrillation. He feels well-informed by his GP and is unconcerned about having a mild decrease in kidney function.

  • Background

    Martin is a retired local government officer. He likes to keep active at the gym 3 times a week. He lives together with his wife, has one child and recently...

  • Age at interview 70
  • Sex/Gender Male